Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about soul space, and what it means to have peace on this walk of faith, especially during the overwhelm of normal, everyday life.
Not long ago, as 2017 quietly came to a close, I found myself walking toward the kitchen one morning in slow motion, slippered feet against cool wood floors, in that twilight rhythm that happens before the first mug of tea begins to steep.
Soft light slipped through the back window, touching the stove, the counter, and a loosely draped dish towel inscribed with the words, Eat, Drink, and Be Thankful.
A peek at my weather app showed something near 30 degrees, and for this southern girl, it felt too cold for comfort.
Still, I made my way over to the window, finding the pane cool to the touch, and looked out onto a frosty carpet of partially green grass.
My gaze fell on thick, uneven ruts beyond the patio, the aftermath of a large delivery truck getting stuck in the yard on a wet, stormy night during the holiday rush.
And somehow, though the sight is cringe worthy, it seems fitting to see the winter grass marked this way, bearing dark, muddy scars across soft earth, not unlike the pattern of our hearts sometimes.
I say this because 2017 was a hard year. For me personally, for immediate and extended family, and for many of you as well.
It was marked by tragedy, marred by unexpected loss, and stained with the hollow uncertainty of grief – Much like deep ruts etched into the tender places of our souls, where patches of green grass once grew and flourished.
Yet, through it all, here we are, going about normal, everyday things of life, while carrying a delicate balance of past questions and future hope along our journey. And if you’re anything like me, seasons like this evoke an innate desire for a fixed point of calm.
Fast forward to the second week of January as I type these words, thinking of a theme for 2018, and considering a word for the year, as much as one can without knowing what it has in store.
To be honest, I’ve never chosen a single word as a focus or theme for the year, but this time, it feels right.
In theory, what I’ve chosen is easy to understand, but in the complex reality of our human existence, putting it into practice is another thing altogether.
It is simplicity.
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? But here’s where we could insert the laugh / cry emoji, because you and I both know life rarely goes as planned, and hard things will come up again, making mock of my simple little word.
Even still, though it holds connotations of less stress, overwhelm and clutter, the true undertones I’d love to capture on a regular basis are those of peace, faith and trust.