Over at The High Calling there's a book club hosted by Laura J. Burgess. We've been reading Luci Shaw's book called Breath for the Bones .
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This week we read chapter 9 called Paying Attention. Luci Shaw is someone I easily admire. She has a quiet sense about her and a heart that is ready, willing and open to seeing God in the smallest details. Usually, when I want to stop and revel in God's small details, I have someone behind me demanding my attention, or kind of rolling their eyeballs with a 'there she goes again' look. So, I also find myself a little jealous of Shaw's season of life which seems to allow her an abundance of quiet space. Although, some of my favorite God moments have been shown to me because of my children. The first year I raised monarchs in my home, I would run and get my kids up in the morning to let them know the butterflies were about to hatch. I was so filled with awe and wonder, that I acted more like a child than they did. That first spring, after about the 10th hatching, my little boy who was about 8 at the time, wearily made his appearance in the kitchen and while rubbing his eyes said... "mom, I think you think I like this a whole lot more than I do."
(Read my monarch story of Trust-formation here) or click on the Monarch tab above.
Shaw identifies the need for paying attention by quoting the following:
"Artist Thomas La Duke noted:
“Some things are so common that they disappear. They’re all around us, but they vanish.”
Missing our cues, we fail to notice the fingerprints of the Creator in the ordinary textures and phenomena of living because we are distracted by daily urgencies, by things we consider more important, which in the end may prove to be both trivial and transient.
Mary Oliver wrote: If you notice anything it leads you to notice more and more.
And here the incarnational approach to faith kicks in for me. As a poet and a sacramentalist, I am learning to recognize pointers to transcendent realities in almost anything I see."
Shaw, Luci (2009-09-01). Breath for the Bones (Kindle Locations 1724-1732). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
I guess my son was right, I did enjoy the monarchs more than he did. But I pray in the midst of all the chaos of raising a family, he remembers his Mom looking for God and finding Him in the chaos... right outside our window.
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On, In and Around Mondays with L.L. Barkat at Seedlings In Stone