we all have clutter.
on our desk.
in our closet.
in our minds.
i am finding walking to be a great way to de-clutter.of letting go of the junk in my head
and refreshing my mind with clear thoughts and healthy wonders.
on a recent outing i walked this labyrinth.
i have walked prayer labyrinths before
and find them to be a great tool for contemplative prayer.
on this walk i was struck with the realization
that it was a great way to release the clutter in my mind.
every time i have ever walked a prayer labyrinth it has been a refreshing time for me.
I let go of the worries and cares that have been plaguing me
in favor of really listening to what the Holy Spirit wants to say.
as i walked this day
and looked out across the lines and circles that made up this labyrinth
i thought about how clutter can be destructive.
whether its in my mind or in my closet, it could benefit from some tidying up.
some people hear the word "labyrinth" and think
'new age practices' or that it is a maze.
When i walk a labyrinth i am using it as a prayer tool
so i do not find it to be a new age 'woo-woo' thing,
but just a time to focus on listening to and hearing from my Jesus.
because a labyrinth only has one way in--- no false leads, no dead ends,
it is not a maze to get lost in.
I liken this to finding our way to God--
there is only one way to God, through His son Jesus.
as i walk in i am letting go of the clutter,
confessing sins that need confessing, seeking Gods forgiveness
and asking Him to meet me in my walk.
the center of the labyrinth is where i will rest awhile.
i don't need to be in the center of the labyrinth to find Jesus,
because He is with me all the time,
but i do need to be in the center of His will to find purpose and peace
and coming to the center of the prayer labyrinth helps me re-evaluate where i am.
i can sit or stand, be silent or sing.
when i feel my time there is done, i begin my journey back out, taking with me fresh insights.
i don't need a prayer labyrinth to be close to God
but i think in the busyness of our lives, we all need some times of pausing.
a deliberate, intentional time of resting in His presence.
If a walk through an intricate pathway helps me do this, it is time well spent.
i walk out humming and feeling lighter.
not because the labyrinth has any special powers
but like a drink of cool clean water on a hot day can refresh the weary body,
time well spent with Jesus will refresh the heart mind and soul.
i come out of the labyrinth refreshed.
to this i would only add... 'and prayer'.