On patience and faith

 The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.
gift from the sea
Gift From the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Filling the vacuum

There’s a deep yearning in all of us to know Him. Eternity itself is planted in our hearts; we know this quick time in a fallen world is not all there is. We long for the unchanging permanence of God’s glorious light and love.

     How can we connect with this unapproachable God? ~~ Ellen Vaughn

031016 time is a vacuum

When we were born with this vacuum of spirit in our hearts, only One thing will fill it – it is God-shaped and only God can fill it. Try as we might we look for other things to fill the vacuum – the obvious choices are drugs, sex, alcohol, food, love – but what about the not-so obvious choices? What about work, family, children, careers, play, thrills, fear, anxiety – basically anything and everything has been tried at one time or another to fill the God-shaped vacuum in our lives.

I am guilty of this; we are all guilty of this. But God is merciful and loving and ever patiently waiting for us to come to our senses – or, rather, our spirit and turn toward Him.

Each day, every day I must make the choice to approach the Unapproachable and welcome Him into the vacuum of my heart and soul.

Vulture = Patience


Black vulture sunning {Coragyps atratus} Costa Rica:                          picture credit: BBC Nature

Both of my grandmothers (paternal and maternal) believed they had Native American ancestry and while I have been reluctant to claim that varied noble culture for myself, I am interested in some aspects of the spiritual beliefs.

Animals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and there are some I am specifically drawn to: cats, dogs, horses – domestic types. As a result of casual study I do pay attention to the animals that cross my path, especially when it is an unusual occurrence. Once such occurrence was last week when I saw a group of black vultures; and then yesterday I saw them (maybe not the same ones) again, a group of 5, flying overhead, soaring on air currents in easy circles, both wide and narrow. I stood where I was transfixed by their ability to fly without moving their wings, allowing the wind to move them across the earth, seemingly without effort. And, when I remembered this was my 2nd sighting in a week, I thought that perhaps there was something I needed to think about. I looked up the Vulture as Animal Totem and read that among the many possibilities of meaning, the one that meant the most to me was “a promise that difficulty is temporary and essential for a greater purpose.”

Now, while I don’t believe in magic (sorry, Harry Potter) I do believe that God answers prayers in a way that is meaningful to the individual. I have been praying for relief from a difficulty I am going through and this, for me, was His answer. He has promised to care for me and see me through any hard place. And Vulture soaring overhead was a reminder for me to be patient.

Other people may say it was just a flock of birds; but for me it was an answer to a prayer.