We have so much thrown at us on a daily basis. Not only the news of the sad, scary, crazy things going on in our world, but also tasks to do, places to be, images to see, and events to be a part of. We can easily get so scheduled and hurried up that we forget to be. We forget to make space for the unknown, for the unplanned & new whether it’s plain or extraordinary. Throughout my life God has been teaching me to make space for this. Maybe its just part of the personality he gave me, but think it is a little of both being taught and being given. Don’t get me wrong, I still often get caught up in the doing. Especially thinking about the doing. Thinking about doing what “I think others think” I should be doing. I also get caught up in the abundance of amazing things people are doing and being. And “the fact” that I am not doing those things or things like them. Even with all this stimulation around me, I have learned (and am still learning) to create space. To be me in this space. To make space for the new, even if people look at me a little funny or question at first. Over the last ten years I have learned that one of the things I am created to do is to create these spaces not only for me, but for others as well. To make these spaces of joy, peace, and adventure.
Today was one of those space days. It wasn’t fully intentional, but I think the day included some space making. At some point I realized that I had nothing specifically planned after teaching an art lesson so I contacted my friend, Kara. I was near where she taught and hoped perhaps we could have a little time together. I found out that after work she was meeting her mentor at a coffee house. The timing worked out so I was able to spend some time with them chatting about stress, fear, and life decisions. On my way over there I had thought it would be great if Kara would come on a mini umbrella adventure. At what seemed to be an appropriate time during the conversation, I mentioned having two red umbrellas in the car. Although I was vague, I expected my friend to react in some great way (I assumed she had read yesterday’s post) but I was met with a look of “okay, thats nice” and the conversation continued on. As we walked to the parking lot to leave, I asked how quickly she really needed to get home. I wanted her to understand the umbrella comment, but I didn’t want to keep her from doing the things she needed to do. She suggested to sitting my car for a few minutes and I accepted. I then handed her my phone with yesterdays post. After reading and understanding my comment, Kara agreed to a mini adventure. But what to do? I saw a bench (or was it a fence) near where we were parked and suggested going to see it. It turned out there was a river behind it as well. Our red umbrella adventure was cooler and longer than I expected. Kara seemed pretty gracious with me and “my lets walk over this snow pile” to see the cool bridge. Along the way I took pictures & video and we saw a large tree made up of other trees (well, thats what it looked like to me). I enjoyed the walk in the rain. Kara did too and she said it made her day better.
I realize that the red umbrella itself is a space creator. It is helping me create adventure, fun and joy. And hopefully spreading it to others. To you.
How can you make space for the new, the unplanned?
Is there anything in your life you need to add or take away?