Thursday, May 13

scattered thoughts

Today is the feast of the Ascension. Forty days after Easter, the risen Christ returned to heaven.
So when they had come together, they asked him, 'Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.' (Acts 1:6-8)
We do not know the mind of the Divine nor his plans for us or the earth. We are to wait upon the Voice to come to us. As Wadsworth says, "learn to labour and to wait". Waiting is much harder than doing, yet it is precisely that itch to 'do something' which causes a lot of trouble for us. Perhaps that is a goodly part of the problem. We always feel we should be doing something.

I am reminded of Benjamin Hoff's brilliant primer on Taoism The Tao of Pooh. So many of us are like Rabbit, Mr. Busy Backson. Running to and fro, constantly cogitating and calculating. Instead, we should just be. Be still and listen.

"Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don't seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong." - Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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