“What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.” – Jesus, Luke 13:18&19
Sometimes (read: stupidly often), I need to be reminded of the pace of life. It seems to be that my natural bent is toward expecting and desiring things to happen instantaneously. Process is a completely overlooked and undervalued gift. Process is relationship and relationship is process. And relationship is the meaning of life. Wherever there is process, there is relationship.
The process of a plant growing in a garden reflects and express its relationship with the sun, soil, water, air, et cetera. The process of daily exposure and interaction with all these elements makes the plant what it is and what it is going to be. If any of those relationships are weak, so is the plant. If the plant is healthy, so are all its relationships. The same applies to my growing up.
The slow pace of life is a Divine gift for relationship. If relationships were more instantaneous, our connections would be weaker and we as individuals would be weaker. We try to speed things up by doing things that are exciting with others. We feel like that quickens our growth, but it really doesn't. Nor does it slow it down. Life and growth (whether physical or spiritual) happens at the pace of trees.
When I take the time to sit with this reality, I laugh at who I thought I was and who I think I will be. It makes me grateful for where I am and whom I am with: Christ, Shawna, my friends, my family, the sun, the earth, the sky, and water. Let's take it slow. I want to savor every minute.