There are times in my life where everything is quiet, eerily so. As much as I seek this, I am also afraid. I am certain that every moment of natural quietness is an unspoken moment of quietness just before the storm of all storms breaks loose! My mind is in overdrive, imagining the possibilities.
It does not help that I am looking at storm clouds on the horizon while I write in the warm morning rays of a tropical sun. The softness is wonderfully soothing, especially if I close my eyes and ignore what I can see is coming. Even as I try to let my mind focus exclusively on what is here now, a part of me is screaming in protest.
“You can see the storm. You know it is approaching. It is coming, are you prepared?”
Life likes to remind me that danger is always around us. If we choose to see, it is there. Sometimes I ignore what I know to be true. On other occasions I am paralyzed by what I imagine. Neither is helpful. The question that I ignore is “so what”.
Life continues, turning to the moment I have. So what if the storm is coming? What are you going to do with the moment you have? Are you willing to let yourself be, enjoying the warmth, listening to the Divine whispers that always in that space?
There is a natural tendency within me to see the negative. I can see the storm(s). I know it is coming. Not only this one, there will be more! I need to be prepared, to take action now. Ironically, I do not know that the storm on the horizon will come. There are nothing to support that view except for my imagination.
An old writer likes to remind me to take the positive view of what is coming; “I’m sure you’re on my side – no victory shouts yet from the enemy camp!” (Psalm 41.11) In the positive is also an invitation. Sit, be still, and listen. This is the moment you have.