Saturday, July 31, 2010
A wee bit of art
Today I realized I have tried my hand at it, but only once.
I was at a eight day retreat in 2002 and this scene presented itself to me. I was drawn to take up pencil and paper to record it.
After all these years I have pulled it out to look at it once again.
The picture is of an Inukshuk on the Kenebecasis river near Saint John. These rocks were precariously standing on another rock as if they were glued there. They were perfectly balanced with the flat table top. Beside this was a fish net and hoop carefully laid out as if to be used as a center piece or something.
Anyway the piece caught my attention and I spent much time during my stay there contemplating and meditating on it.
My journal indicates that I saw the flat rock on top as God's banquet table for me that week, and what a feast he had prepared for me.
The net is an instrument of death yet it brings life to many by providing food.
The grace I asked for ; "to open my heart so that I can grasp the treasured gift He has to offer and call it my own."
The week became one where God was re-treating me to the generosity and gentleness that He is and I spent the week re-experiencing that which I have known but perhaps stored out of mind.
The treasure I found that week was that I can be the fertile soil that the word of God needs to flourish in and feed others. For that to happen I noted that God would have to stretch me.... a lot.
I asked God to stretch me. He gave me 1Samuel 3:11 "See I am about to do something.."
I spent the week like a crow, gleaning every little tidbit of God's grace from many different venues.
I left the retreat with Francis of Assissi's instructions to his followers:" Go out into the world and preach the good news of the gospel...use words if you have to.
Apparently God has stretched me a bit because I have become so revved up about sharing my journey that I now willingly share with anyone who shows interest in learning about God.
That was an awesome retreat week, one I am glad to have revisited.