“Melody, it just isn’t time yet,” my friend Virginia said to me one day. “You wouldn’t be out on your lawn trying to pull the blades of the grass up, forcing them to grow.”
“Yes, I would,” I said, “if I thought it would help.”
Persistence, determination, clarity, and commitment can be our greatest assets. We gather energy, we use our determination to get things done—whether it’s cleaning our house, visiting a therapist for help with an issue that’s become more than we can handle alone, looking for a new job, or beginning a relationship.
Goals are good. Setting our sights on the task ahead is helpful.
So is letting go, and working with the seasons of our lives.
We are one with everything that is. The same energy and spirit that permeates the ocean, the mountains, the forest, and the creatures also permeates us. Who are we to think that we don’t have our rhythms, seasons, and cycles?
Who are we not to trust the rhythms of life?
Plant the seeds. Water them, if there’s a drought. But let it go. The grass will grow itself.
God, help me let go of impatience. Help me align myself with the natural cycles of my life. Help me trust your timing in my life.
Activity: Pick one segment of nature and study it. Maybe you’ll choose the sunrise and the sunset. Or choose a favorite park. Or the ocean. Even a lake will do. Don’t just think about it. Actually do it, for your meditation time today. Spend ten minutes to half an hour just sitting with and contemplating a segment of nature that speaks to you.