For every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
This little sundial sits in our back garden. The irony isn’t lost on me that during the season when we have the most sun, the surrounding plants grow so large that very little of the sunlight actually reaches the sundial. Perhaps if I relied on the sundial to serve a practical purpose and tell me the time, I would move it to a different location. But it continues to sit there, nestled among the plants that block so much of the sun, because I enjoy how it looks. I enjoy the way it reminds me to stop and take a deep breath and, if only for a few moments, release myself from the insistent demands of my clock with its unending deadlines and to do lists.
This is Day 3 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is living within the margins. Today I’m reminding myself that there are times and seasons in life. I don’t have to try and get it all done today. I will do what I can with what I have today, and that is enough.
ps: If you’d like to take a little trip in the Wayback Machine, follow this link to hear The Byrds singing about times and seasons.
The previous post in this series is Celebrating the season
The next post in this series is Stillness