There are moments in my life that are cherished because I took time to stop and hear the sounds of the birds, feel the embrace of the breeze, or smell the scent of fresh cut hay. Old barns call to me,
" Come sit by my side and take a moment to know yourself and the meaning of today."
Another such pleasurable moment is when I slip under linens that have absorbed the sun and fresh air while drying on a clothes line. I am delighted when I see an Amish clothes line holding bright blue and black frocks. I remember distinctly the clothes lines in Israel. They were outside the apartment windows. I would look four stories up and there would hang colorful quilts outside the owner's window. Clothes lines provide a visual amusement, simple but lasting.
I enjoy singing and hearing a guitar or banjo player pluck favorite old tunes . The rhyming words sung by the player invites all to sing. In a pub in Ireland, I felt so welcome because of the minstrels and their Celtic melodies. The musicians had no high tech sound systems or elaborate stages. The Irish were passionate about their music, and this created happy hearts for those who listened and joined in the songs. We became one with the music and the musician.
Because of our explosion of technology and scientific discoveries, our society is convinced that something must be complex to be significant. Our culture advocates that the more sophisticated the process, the better the product will be. Our whole lives have become computerized. We talk to answering services more than we talk with people. Now, I respect the ability of a phone to do all that our smart phones can perform with their various apps. I think that I Pads are convenient and quite nifty. My computer is my best friend. But, all these gadgets make our lives so busy that time passes quickly. I can only stop time when I choose to enter into a simple act like singing or smelling fresh linens.
The Bible uses "simplicity" to mean purity, sincerity, and generosity. These things relate to our
soul. All have to do with singleness of our soul. Paul feared the Corinthians' minds would be drawn away from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2Corinthians 11:3) In my technical world, I am afraid that I too may be drawn away. I spend many hours writing, posting, reading blogs, and face book. Google has become my leader and teacher. Google finds me recipes, famous quotes, definitions, and lost friends. I could be isolated with my laptop and not even reach out to another living person. That is truly being drawn from the simplicity of Christ.
I must keep my heart guarded and my soul fresh as line dried laundry. When I become blurry or confused , it is because I am seeing double. I see and hear the world's direction and feel the tug of Christ simultaneously. Then, I stop and singularly focus on Christ. I ask Him what I can do for Him this day. I seek holiness. My Creator has put holiness into my soul. I just need His presence to activate what is within. My goal is to know God in everyday experiences. He matters. His direction keeps me directed. Just like the Celtic singers engulfed me in their music, God engages me in His word, His presence, and His direction. I am refreshed by the simple act of sitting with God .