22 May 2015

PFYTF: To Build a River

Penny For Your Thoughts Friday, May 22 Edition!
"... stillness can really accompany a lot of the movement-type practices. One of my favorite passages from one of my Chinese Ch'an teachers reminds us of this principle: "Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream. Have faith in its course ... It will take you there." This idea of being soft in your practice.., this relates to the capacity to be soft in the subtle body. " ~Tias Little
From Pinterest

Today, we built a river.

Well, okay, it wasn't a river. It wasn't even a creek. We merely diverted all the water that was pouring off the mountain from the rain we've been getting off of the road and into the river.

And man was I proud of that thing. Because it worked. We pushed our shovels into soft ground, we levered out rocks, we patted and pounded and we made that little current of water flow into where it was meant to go.

Like, so proud. Like I just wanted to watch it flow.

There was a waterfall.

I couldn't stop thinking about it. The beauty of it was overwhelming and the fact that I was part of the team that just diverted that water gently.

Can you imagine how it must have felt to create the world? How crazy is it that our ecstasy when we create or accomplish something or something is borne of the work of our hands, all of that is a reflection of the joy of the Creator when He said, "Behold, this is very good." I mean, that just makes my brain go !!!!!!!!!!!!!

So yeah. That's the thought that has been whirling around in my brain and I needed to solidify it on paper otherwise it would have been like, "RIVER! Precious river. So beautiful. I'm so proud. Oh river, river. Oh man, yeah, God is so good. Oh man. River. It is so pretty! I want to go look at it right now. Oh man, it's so satisfying for something to work out like that."


What'cha all been thinking about lately?


  1. First, I like your "Post A Comment" message.

    Also, this is an awesome post! You totally captured one of my favorite things; that feeling of ecstasy that comes from creating! Thank you.

    P.S. Punch Jessika for letting me think Zane died, please? :-)

    1. Thank you, I like it too. XD

      I'm glad you liked the post! Creating is amazing. There is just such a sense of accomplishment! But yeah, glad you thought I captured it.



  2. Yes, yes, yes. I love this post so much. Especially because you talked to me on the phone first and then did this. *dances* So much love for youuuuuuuu. :-D

    For the past two days (today and yesterday XDDD), I've been thinking about peace and rest in God. Because like.... I've been internally stressed since school started. I'm the kind of person that's like, "I can't enjoy anything unless I have all my school completed and I'm not behind." And all that snazzy stuff. So I push myself away from playing guitar (or in this case, writing songs or writing in general). Like things I need to get done, but I can't because school is "more important." And so I just get sosososoososo frustrated and stressed, but I don't realize it. Because it's all on the inside and it doesn't show.

    But yesterday I finished all the school assignments and everything. Basically, I'm free. And this has been my prayer for like the entire month. I love the sense of peace and freedom in my soul and I could basically cry. School -- and other problems -- slowly suck the life out of me. They are like chains to me, but I don't notice they're there?

    But yesterday...Oh man. Seeing the blue sky and everything. I am just so at peace and I'm free and God is running wild with me and it feels //soooooo// good. Like...I can't explain it. It's too hard. But it's been super nice and I'm really glad.


    So yeah. That has been what I've been thinking lately. *thumbs up*

    I just saw that XD in your post and I laugh laugh laugh because it's so hard NOT to do that in some posts I write. XDD OR IN COMMENTS. DO YOU KNOW THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE. AAAAAAAAAAAAH.

    1. Haha yusssss. <3

      EURGH SO TRUE. Yeah, I do that too. Like, "I can't write, I have to work." etc. So yeah, I totally feel you. BUT YOU ARE ALMOST DOOOOOOOOONEEEEE!!!!

      Always remember, dear friend, that God is your peace and your contentment. Rest in Him. :-)

      If I want to use an XD I just have to go for it. Unless, I suppose, it's in a poem. That might ruin the mood. XDDDDDD


  3. You got to help make a waterfall? Incredible! Creating is one of my favorite things in the world; it makes me feel like I'm in charge or in control (even though I really know God is there to guide me). It makes me feel free, and it's beautiful. God must have felt it too, for why would each day for the story of Earth's creation say, "And God say what he had done, and it was good"?

    xoxo Morning

    1. YES! It was amazing. And amen! So true. Learning more about God's character through the image of Him in ourselves is incredible.


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