"You may choose to hide, or you may choose to seek, it is entirely up to you."
~ Steve Rother/The Group
I headed out on my walk to the park earlier this morning, in a state of peaceful reflection, consciously walking in a space of quiet Joy amidst the roses blooming in the sunshine. It's "Rose Festival" time in the City of Roses, and the area actually does live up to its name. For a time, I enjoyed the peaceful solitude of the park, practically all to myself, exactly what I had hoped for.
The lawn mowing crew. A loud and monstrous thing right in front of me, plus the truck and trailer it came in heading straight for me on the gravel access road. I of course quickly changed direction. But no matter where I seemed to go to evade the giant mower, there he was. I headed for a smaller path, just to discover a man with a smaller hand-pushed mower up ahead.
So I went even farther out of the way to sit on a bench under a tree, and from seemingly out of nowhere, another big mower literally showed up right behind us to mow the grass where my dog was about to lay down! It was then that I got a bit angry, all but destroying my peaceful state of mind, fleeting as it was.
I decided to leave the park, my quiet meditation clearly not going as planned. That's when even more people arrived with their dogs (normally I don't mind people and dogs, but today I was looking for peace), followed by van loads of preschoolers laughing and playing as they tumbled out onto the trail.
It was then I finally realized God was laughing too. It was a bit of a test, you see - of course it was! What a magical thing it is to play a game with God. And Who Is an Omnipresent God anyway?
"Can you still feel the Joy?" Joy comes in many forms of course. And even though the walk had utterly defied my peaceful expectations, yes, indeed I could.
I left the park and headed up the steepest route to home (that's my workout challenge every day, I'm so determined to get in better shape). Now the entire thing was making me laugh, as I was in on the joke. Could I still enjoy the walk in the midst of all the noise? Loud planes flew right overhead, one quite low.
In the final block, I have to say I couldn't help but smile. Then I went out to my little garden. Finally it was quiet, and I took a deep breath, smiling, watching my roses bloom, looking up at the evergreens I love under such a beautiful clear blue sky.
Playing hide and seek with God as we walk upon the Earth has its rewards. And isn't that really why we are here?