I walked from general parking through the VIP section to the entrance to the mall. Standing alone was a velvet rope and stand, alone, purposeless, and seemingly abandoned. I knew it would not move on its own. Someone would claim it in time. I could see others nearby. Each small community of stands forms a velvet line in from of the best parking spaces. A few were clustered together, watching over the luxury SUV being washed in its spot.
As I paused, wondering what if anything I should do about this one all by itself, I could see the valet on his way. There was a purpose and stride in his walk that told me he was on a mission. This stand had not been forgotten. Belonging and purpose were possible with restoration.
Even as I moved on, I could hear Life’s reminding me of where I stand with Divinity. It feels as if I have lost my purpose at times, discarded, and abandoned. I know the place I find myself in is often of my own making. In the reality of realising where I am, I experience the full impact of my pause next to the velvet rope and stand. It is a time of feeling isolated and alone. It is hard to see beyond the immediate. I cannot remember belonging. I struggle to imagine the reconnection.
Silent reflections do not need to be negative. Each is an opportunity to see and experience what otherwise might be missed. It is easy to imagine the darkness. Old and new warnings take us there easily. “If God didn’t think twice about taking pruning shears to the natural branches, why would he hesitate over you? He wouldn’t give it a second thought.” (Romans 11.21). Consider the time and experience that comes with watching a sunrise. Remember the sense of hope and warmth that filled the soul. Understand that no sounds were required. Everything can be complete in the moment – just you, Divinity, and divine artwork.
Returning and connecting is a choice. Divinity can assist. Ultimately, it’s my call.