Cooking baking day arrived! Four year old Jonathan, our oldest grandson, he's now 28, bounded through the front door. Going straight to the kitchen and apron drawer, there he found his own very favorite Ninja Turtle apron! This was going to be a very good day!
He and Ninja hopped on the footstool and starred wide eyed at the counter top filled with dough, cookie cutters and multicolored sprinkles, lots of sprinkles. Just an hour into rolling, cutting and decorating there were no more sprinkles. So, off to the grocery, Ninja Turtle not to be left behind, we bought lots more sprinkles.
Noon time we had a delicious mound of baked cookies heavy with, yes, sprinkles. I scraped a section of counter top free of our labor as I prepared PB and J sandwiches for lunch with, of course, cookies for dessert. Looking down, Jonathan and Ninja were standing beside me. Jonathan, holding my Franklin Day Planner, said, "Nana, will you look at this and see when we can bake cookies again."
Ouch! When I reflect upon this day, which I often do, I am reminded of the Psalmist who says, "I hold you in the palm of my hand." It is easy to clutch our day timers, of whatever technology, as though we are the ones in charge. Eckhart Tolle, a contemporary spiritual teacher, speaks of the elimination of psychological time which is the egoic mind's endless preoccupation with past and future and it's unwillingness to be one with life by living in alignment with the is-ness of the present moment. Perhaps this Lenten season we can loosen the grip of our planners and make space for breath, reflection and yes, lots of sprinkles!
Holy One, our hearts are restless until they rest in You. May we let go, loosen our grip and find our true peace and joy in the palm of Your hand.
Ruth has been a member of Saint Andrew since 2009. Presently she is chair of Adult Ed, Saint Andrew Academy of Life and Faith.