Nestled behind and between a bunch of sub-division; tucked away between two busy roads; one parking lot big enough for a handful of cars and another off-street patch of dirt parking spot you will find an amazing trail of beauty. There a river runs under the railroad, a waterfall cascades down some rocks and a trail brings you together with the beauty of the world around. Behind the noise of the waterfall and the birds chirping, behind the noise of dazzling blue dragon flies you can hear the noise of the city: the car horns, the train and the rush of the highway. Inside this oasis, you can't help but realize what beauty can be hidden in plain sight. Many people don't realize that this spot exists but for those that do this is one treasure they are sure to go looking for.
Every time I take the trail that begins at the small parking lot and follows the boarder of people's private fencing, I am amazed at the beauty that is hidden in the middle of a busy city. The last time I was there I couldn't help but connect this to the "hiddenness" of God in people's lives. God is always there for us. God is always available. Our Spirit is always longing for moments, even if fleeting, to be in unity with God. And yet, we often live out our days so busy that we don't allow ourselves moments to just be. We don't allow ourselves moments to be full or present. We don't seek out the tranquility that can be found be searching for God.
Hundreds of cars pass by this every day and yet there have been moments I have been there with my children in which we were all alone. Hundreds of cars pass by the opportunity to experience something city dwellers don't get every day - true nature. And yet hundreds of people accept this. They are just fine with their life and don't stop - don't make the effort to hike - don't care to know that there is more.
But there is SO much more. There is so much more to a relationship with God. There is so much more when we seek out the Divine in our lives. I just can't express the feeling when your Spirit is filled to the brim in communion with God. These are the moments that give believers the strength and courage to do more and be more. These are the moments that lead people to praise God for all that God can do in our lives. For God can do!
Recently a person who has a LOT of busy in her plus on top of that a lot of burdens was fretting about an up and coming trip. In a moment of Divine Blessing during prayer, she began lifting up her bowling balls to God and soon they became feathers. Yes she is still carrying her worries with her on her trip, but now their weight will not stop her from enjoying every moment and every experience.
Too often we live our lives thinking about God every once and awhile. Too often we spend many more hours carrying the burdens ourselves instead of allowing our relationship with God to work. Too often we just forget about God. But God is here! God is there! God is everywhere! God is sitting in plain sight and working all around us. All we need to do is open ourselves up and allow our Spirit to be filled with the power of God. I challenge you this week to find the God that is in plain sight and pray just a little longer, pray just a little more frequently and work on engaging a relationship with God that allows your Spirit to flow in and around all you do in your life. Remember that life is never so busy that you can't find time to communion with God. Remember that it is only you holding yourself back from your relationship with the Divine.