“Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
Anything that stops us in our tracks and helps us experience a moment of “wow” is a gift. It could be a baby’s dimple, an insight shared by a friend, or a phrase eloquently turned by a writer — whenever we can fully experience the moment, we are lifted out of the everyday and elevated.
We moved into our rental house in January when it wasn’t really clear what was planted in the garden. Much to our delight, when spring rolled around, we discovered gorgeous roses that several owners ago, a woman had planted (David Austin’s I might add.) Then they had to move out of the country and sold the house. I’m sure she was sad to leave the roses, probably uncertain if people would care for them as they grew. I don’t even know her name. But here we are, and I am SO appreciative of her efforts that we can just walk outside to enjoy! Here’s something else wonderful about this: we had planted David Austin’s in our garden in Seattle and then we, too, sold our house and our whole family moved when I decided to become a rabbi ….And now hopefully the people who live in our old home are enjoying them as well!
Tonight the moon is completely full. Perhaps go out in the darkness and capture a glimpse. And take a deep breath in honor of all that we don’t control or fix — but just accept as gifts of the Divine, and sometimes from people we don’t even know.
photo: rose in our backyard – submitted to I Heart Macro hosted by http://www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com