As I pulled out of the lot at Five Oaks today my heart was full. I was leaving five days filled with learning with people who share my deep desire to know the Creator. They are people who allow me to be who I am with no judgement. It was a safe place to be.
Just as lovely though it returning home. As I pulled into the driveway at home I was greeted by a splash of spring in the little garden in the picture and was surprised to see hosta filling out spaces in the garden along with the bleeding heart almost in full bloom. They were barely out of the ground when I left only five days ago.
Returning to reality is hard. So many things to do. There are corners that need to be uncluttered, weeds to be pulled, events to attend, friends who need my attention, decisions to make about fixing the car and the eternal need to clean. I’m sure I would just rather sit and read some of those books I bought today but I cannot.
The experience of this week was a mountain top adventure. It filled my heart with hope and possibilities. It took my breath away with the experience of the beauty of nature. It made me feel close to and cared for by the creator.
The trouble with mountain top adventures is you have to come down from the mountain. I believe and hope there are some of the gifts from the mountain I can bring back into the daily reality of life. May I bring that love and peace I felt back to my home and my relationships. May I continue to hold a place of acceptance and true listening, allowing a moment or two before responding to situations and words. May I move into the day with the same mindfulness and hope. May I remember to take time to care for myself and therefore be able to better care for others.
I want to thank all the people who made this week possible. First of all my wonderful Bee who allows me to be who I am and seek what I must seek even if he doesn’t always understand it. I want to thank those I have worked for in the past few months who made the week financially possible. I want to thank the Five Oaks staff for their true hospitality. Thanks to the staff of the Jubilee program for the devotion and planning they offer the course and it’s participants. I want to thank the other participants for their acceptance and support. Thanks and blessings to my friends for believing in me when I find it hard to do.
My heart is full. My blessings are many. The journey is just beginning…again.