Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?… Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Luke 12:25, 27-28
Each morning, before writing my book, I’ve been going to Eucharistic Adoration. As I kneel before God, I hear the deafening roar in my head as thoughts battle and vie for my attention. When someone else comes into the small chapel and kneels, I imagine the same thing happening in their head.
I picture the room filling with all those thought bubbles, and the clamor grows louder. I question how God can handle it. Why He would welcome all that noise, all that emotion, all of it directed at Him, all at once, all with urgency?
The other day, as I knelt there, He filled me with a vision that answered my question, and took my breath away. In it, He drew all that racket into His hands. Like a ball of yarn, He wound it all up, creating a giant globe of all our thoughts and worries. Then, like a magician, He blew it into the air. Miraculously, it transformed into a gentle rain.
As drops of grace fell on each one of us, we all grew quiet. Like wilted flowers, we all drank in that grace, and slowly came back to life. Each one of us started blooming into our best selves, like beautiful flowers opening their petals to reveal all our glory. Like flowers, we all raised our eyes to Him, as if He were the sun, and our true Source of growth.
That’s all flowers do. They don’t hear all the noise and racket. They don’t fear a lack of anything. In their simplicity, they drink what’s given to them, and they lean into the sun.
As the gentle breeze flutters their petals, they are beautiful. That’s it. That’s all.
Let’s all be flowers today.
Questions for Reflection:
* Do I bring all the noise in my head and all the worry in my heart to God?
* Do I believe He can transform it all into grace?
Claire, what a beautiful image!! xo
Thanks, Mom! I envisioned it just like this picture. I hope you’re feeling “flowery” today!!!
I love adoration. I always bring a journal with me and God always reveals so much goodness while I’m there. Many times, He answers a question, a worry, brings me new dreams for my ministry. It helps me “let it all out”. and I always leave the chapel a different, renewed woman.
Thank you for sharing this vision. It brought me peace just imagining it.
I love that you’ve experienced the gift of Adoration, Sandra! It’s something that almost can’t be explained. But don’t you just want everyone to try it? I’m sure there’d be world peace if they did.
Loved this post, Claire! I also LOVE adoration. Sometimes my mind just goes blank and I enjoy sitting in the quiet presence of Jesus. Next time I will lean into the “Son”, and imagine Him leaning into me Thank you for sharing your grace!! 🙂
Isn’t that quiet that gives us a blank mind a gift?!!! I view it as the threshold to peace. Here’s to us stepping over that threshold and through the door, Jean, as often as possible!