I’ve found during Lockdown the blessings of small moments. Little sparks of joy in my day. The Tui that drew me from my work with his song outside my window. Watching my little chap chase after seagulls in the park. Late afternoon sunlight coming through my bedroom windows. Fresh baking from the oven.
It may seem that Lockdown has forced our world to shrink and reduce with the restrictions it has placed on us, but in many ways I feel that it has expanded in its fullness. The reduced traffic noise has meant that bird songs are more easily heard. Spending time together as a family, enjoying our home, our neighbourhood. And even though I’m juggling work with homeschooling. therapy sessions and general chores, the lack of rushing from thing to thing means there’s more time to breathe. To exhale, to pause.
Even more so, in the silence of the world and its insistent interruptions, God’s presence is magnified. All these little moments draw me more and more into His presence. They speak life and joy. They are pointers to His glory, His presence. From the Tui in the tree, to water colour sunsets, creation declares His glory. It beckons us to the Creator.
“You’ve always given me breathing room,
a place to get away from it all,
A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
an open invitation as your guest.
You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
made me welcome among those who know and love you.”
Psalm 61:3-5 Message