It seems as if the world lives in two neighborhoods. One is intense, fast, always moving. The other exists as if time is still, barely moving the senses. I wish one could put a destination code on the location when you found it, but it doesn’t work that way. You are far more likely to find time standing still in north Scotland, Wales, or even the northeast corner of California than you are in the centre of London, Tokyo or New York. Yet, even in the midst of the city there are islands where tranquility prevails, time is merely a visitor, and peace is the dominant force.
The key is our connection to the world around us. In moments of extreme beauty, time is irrelevant. When one is connected to Divinity, time doesn’t seem to be hanging around. When harmony prevails – between nature, residents, and guests – time often seems to be on vacation.
I find myself in the middle of extreme chaos. Tourists are milling about the city as if they are trapped on a hamster wheel. The ebbs and flows of those going to work are as persistent as the Atlantic tides. Trucks, vans, and yellow taxis all prowl the street, searching for the illusive parking spot that is safe, fishing for their next fair. Everything seems frantic, bustling, and out of control.
Everything falls into extremes; the City controlling me or my heart and soul beating in harmony with something bigger and beyond the City, God. I thought it was the neighborhood that made the different; it wasn’t and isn’t. The difference is the relationships you and I have to what is around us. In peace I find myself echoing a prayer for you and me; “I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me. They were yours in the first place; then you gave them to me, and they have now done what you said.” (John 17.6) Today is a window to connect, let time stand still, and to others give what God has given us, peace.
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