There are certainly very difficult, painful moments and seasons in one’s life for which we could understand a flight response to be totally reasonable. But seriously, people, standing at a stove, stirring, sauteeing, whatevering can manifest that same flight response in me! Same with laundry, dishes, vacuuming, etc.
I am being encouraged by the writings of Henri Nouwen to stand wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, with an attitude of hope and expectancy. To affirm that wherever I am standing (even in front of a stove, a sink, a washer or dryer), something is growing and evolving in me. To be present to the moment, believing that this moment, whatever it contains, is THE moment and not just a get-through-it moment. I’m realizing I’m not a patient person by nature. I need supernatural help to stop expecting the REAL thing to happen somewhere else and to have assurance that something hidden will manifest itself RIGHT WHERE I AM. To dare to stay where I am, not in a passive, throw-in-the-towel kind of way, but in a bold, grab-hold-of-the-moment kind of way, would mean a rich and full life indeed! Even in the midst of cooking!:)
I hope you’ve enjoyed these snippets from this article in Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. There’s so much more in the article…you really should read the whole thing! Here again is today’s snippet in case my scrawl is illegible:
“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere. The moment is empty. But patient people dare to stay where they are.” (pg. 32)