June 17, 2011
“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry.” Psalm 8:3
If you’ve ever watched the sky on a cloudy day with a child and asked what he or she sees, you might hear “cotton candy” or maybe “an elephant’s ear” or “a teddy bear.” Children aren’t afraid to get into the imagination mode or to wonder or dream. Somewhere in the process of growing up, we lose that childish wonder. Fortunately, we can get it back. But it takes effort and planning.
Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way,” shares a way to become a more creative person. She calls it an “artist date.” Once a week you are to go on a date by yourself. Choose something to do alone—it doesn’t have to be an expensive night out like going to dinner and the theater (although this is a good solo experience). It can be as simple as taking a walk down a quiet road, going to a mall and watching people, observing the store windows, listening to the sounds of children, foreign tongue—having a latte or ice cream cone. The goal is to find that childish wonder to become alive again in your spirit—to renew your soul.
Dear Lord, provide me the path to quiet time and to the path that leads to peace and joy. Amen