Instrument of Grace
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circle of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
Yesterday, I heard a commercial for a “3-D” phone. One that can give you three things at a time that then disappear, so you can have the illusion that you're actually doing more. The main message of the commercial was that this would be a great time saver. I honestly think that some of us would now opt to have an app tattooed directly on our brains, so that we could main-line whatever addictive substance our phones provide. Did you know that there is actually a difference between being busy and being fruitful. Our phones are mostly a distraction from the real life that is flowing by.
Life does not move in linear fashion—much less in technological 3-D. Life moves in circles and spirals and meandering paths. We need the very things that slow us down to be able to absorb all that surrounds us. Real life, as opposed to technological life, is rich with nuance, and depth. It requires our full attention. For human beings, our technology has outstripped our common sense. It is a new addiction that is all consuming in exactly the same way as heroin.
In the midst of this not-so-brave new world, let us spend just a minute thinking about Spring. It's time to order seeds, get the cold-frame ready to accept peat pots. Just yesterday, I saw tiny leaves peering out of the snowball shrub beside the porch. The earth turns in slow circles, the seasons come and go, round and round, and we, too, move in concentric circles that, hopefully, connect to one another. Whatever slows us down so that we can be fully present in each moment is an instrument of grace.
In the Spirit,