By Melodious Monk
Racing through my day, trying to be efficient and incessantly worrying about getting all of my to-do list done (which of course must happen now!), a beautiful moment unexpectedly dropped in my lap – one in which I nearly ran by. Kneeling in the garden to grab some ever-growing weeds, another brother walked up behind me and pointed out a bird that had just landed on its bath, about my head’s height, just four feet behind me. I turned and the bird just stared, and stayed, and splashed around, and still stayed – and splashed some more, and looked back at us, not embarrassed, or scared. We kept talking and working and the bird stayed, splashing and resting and walking around the rim, perfectly content that I was just an arm’s length away. It was a moment that seemed to suspend time with absolute clarity. I smiled at the wonder of this little creature, and for a moment I forgot about my worries. It was probably only seconds in temporal time, but there was enough grace in that moment to remind me to keep my head up and eyes wide open to a God much bigger then my efforts can comprehend.