White Space

White Space – the unprinted area of a piece of printing, as of a poster or newspaper page, or of a portion of a piece of printing, as of an advertisement; blank space:  It is the portion of a page left unmarked: margins, gutters, and space between columns, lines of type, graphics, figures, or objects drawn or depicted.

Not being a graphic designer or anything, I have though learnt that white space should not be considered merely ‘blank’ space — it is an important element of design. The balance between non-white or white space is key to aesthetic composition. An important key I think to design.

Actually, I think white space is a great idea for life. To have some unscheduled space in our life. Some white space. Something not allocated to work or recreation or other activities. Space and time just to be. As much as white space is a key aesthetic to design, have white space is a key to life. It enables an opportunity for creativity, for God to speak into our lives in a fresh way, to be refreshed.

To a certain extent even farmers have white space – with allowing fields to have fallow time. Fallow land is not planted with crops, in order to improve the quality of the soil. Seems to be a recurring theme, and one that can go even further when we consider the Sabbath – a weekly day of rest. Time to refrain from the lists of things to do, the chores and work. Time to rest. Something that God wants for us.

This year, I’m intentionally building white space into my life.