Leave it open

Some days I see just the fence.fence

But other days,
I press right up close, eye to the gap,
and look straight through.

Oh my.fence opening

When I go outside with God in the Yard, I seek the open space.

I want to look through.

So daily (well, almost—I’m trying) I leave a hole in time.

I ask for the open space.

Breathing room.
Margin around the edges.
Empty spots with no expectations.

What does God want to say today? What does he want to show? What does he want me to see?

I’m sure I still miss him by a wide margin on many days.

But there are days...

  • when ducks hear me laugh out loud at how God made their bodies flip upside down as they dabble in water
  • when I marvel at how trees defy gravity pulling down, and lift limbs up instead, in proud praise to the Son
  • when I sit long enough to actually lose track of time (has it been 5 minutes or 30?) as he stills me in the quietness

 trees in praise

On those days, the sky is wide open.

* * *

How do you carve out breathing space in your day?

16 comments:

Cassandra Frear said...

I'm journaling every day and I try to do it away from any clocks. It somehow expands my life and makes it larger and slows time for me.

I put a link to your last Lenten post up at the Moonboat today!

Lisa notes... said...

Thanks, Cassandra. You and I sound like kindred spirits. It’s amazing how journaling can pull out things in us that we might not have known were there. I am thankful God works through the discipline of writing words.

Trisha said...

I love the outdoors for this, too, Lisa. Nightly walks with my Beloved are great for "breathing space." :)

elizabeth said...

Beautiful words and photos too! Oh I too need those margins to really hear and see!

Tracy said...

Nice thoughts! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

I just got that book recently--am waiting for more snow to melt to wander through the yard and find my place. I love her idea of playfulness in making space for God--kinda makes me think faithful Christian living is all about duty.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...great analogy for living with in the boundaires god creates and finding freeedom...great snaps...

Graceful said...

You know I love this because I am trying to do the exact same thing -- little pockets of God space. Some day are better than others...but even if I snag five minutes to rest peacefully, it's something, right?

I loved God in the Yard -- but I was lame and just read it...I didn't practice any of the exercises! Maybe this spring is a good time to break out my copy and do it right this time!

Rambling Heather said...

Oh to keep eyes open, to see those bits of kisses that He has left for us to dig up!

Joybird said...

Your pics do a great job showing the beauty I can find when I change perspective, or more to the point ask Him to change me. And ducks crack me up too. I spend a lot of time worshiping God as Creator when I walk around the local zoo where I have an annual pass.

David N. said...

That middle picture is great and illustrates your point so well.

Tamara said...

Thank you so much for posting 1 Peter 5:6-8. I really needed to hear that today. Found you through Ann's bloghop at A Holy Experience. Hoping you will come visit me, too.

http://hisperfectpromises.blogspot.com/

Kati patrianoceu said...

The days on which I feel marvel at creation are frequent enough. But the days when time stands still because I'm reveling in his quietness... those really are a miracle! So thrilled you are getting some of those, at least.

emily wierenga said...

oh, those first two pictures.... they make me long to lose track of time. lisa, i see him here, in this post, in your trusting him with space and minutes and everything in between.

Carrie Burtt said...

Lisa this is such a wonderful inspiring message...:-)

Christine said...

I love this picture of "seeing". Open spaces and margin in my life- I could use those too. Thanks Lisa. Beautiful thoughts.

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