Today I had another busy day set… running errands in the morning then off in the afternoon to volunteer at a garden some 15miles away. Then, just as the world settled with a brew to watch a bit of telly, I’d wash, don on my scrubs, and get to work the evening through with clients. Then, once they left I had two batches of jam to make before the 3kg of blueberries went over!
This busyness is incessant! Yesterday, after a full days working on my feet with clients, I then spent the whole evening, cooking (jamming) then collapsing into bed with tired feet and a worn out heart, thinking come on God, feed me strength, it’s time for you; You are my beginning and my end!
I love busyness!
I’m hopeless at sitting and staying still!
I love to talk to God in my busyness, and offer all I do to Him. I get to giggle and laugh, but lately I’m just plan tired! My busyness has become my slave, my drain. Jobs that I would normally love have lost their joy and little seems to be able to renew.
Today, as I looked out of the window at the torrential rain, my plans changed. Instead of trying to fit all into one day a little voice whispered, ‘choose one!’. If you choose one you can come and rest and rejoice at Mass. if you choose one you can be fully present and enjoy the experience instead of it being a chore. If you chose one, you can pray, ground and reconnect.
So I chose one task for my day. One alone. To be present in this moment, enjoy the task and cook… To be right here without the distracts. To enjoy the process of converting blueberries and sugar into jam. To watch the process unfold. To let it stand, and watch it set. To take the jam jars apart, and watch the bubbles sterilise them in a pan..
I chose to be here in the moment.
With a grateful and open heart I offer all to my God, and ask for His Holy Spirit to come and fill all who eat this bounty, so they know they are loved and belong.
In choosing cooking I didn’t chose the task, I chose God. I chose to calm, to settle and be in this moment with God. In choosing this moment I got to spend time with Him in mindfulness and prayer.
Thanks Martha! And Mary! Little did I know today is your feast day, and your whisper helped me choose, and I chose HIM!
And today’s sermon at Mass was on the same lines; with this beautiful prayer being read out. Author unknown very apt for day!