"You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this."
~ Pslam 139:13-14
For me writing is a spiritual discipline, but I have to admit, sometimes I struggle with my ability to write when my "plate" gets "too full." When this happens, my spiritual life seems to be placed somewhere else. My time alone writing gets replaced by things that I consider to be more important.
It's in these times that I realize that my life seems to become unbalanced until God manages to nudge me and remind me that there is need for that time to stop, reflect, and write.
I realize that this is just the way I have been created.
For each of us it is important to find time to be alone. To allow for reflection, meditation, or prayer.
As the Psalmist reminds, we are each uniquely made, and so our ability to process life, or deal with the daily challenges, must contain time to think.
As a child I loved to watch Winnie the Pooh when he had a problem. He would sit and to himself he would repeat, "Think. Think. Think."
I have to admit I'm thankful for the flowers that grow around our home. Our gardens are both a source of beauty, but also where I can spend time thinking and working through problems as I dig and pull weeds.
As I looked at petal after petal, uniquely defined and layered, so amazingly organized that it's beauty causes one to stop and look. We are among God's most amazing pieces of creation. Our gifts are infinite, and the fact that we are here, miraculous.
I hope that today each of us have time to stop and reflect.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.