I came across this song recently—Listen to the Wind. In our fast-paced world we do not take the time to listen to what nature may be saying to our soul.
A friend who lives in Hong Kong wrote to me to say she likes going to the mountains for a hike away from the 7 million men, women and children. The mountain trails offer solace from the song of humanity, and the wind brings a hymn from the summits to the weary climber.
Life on this planet traversing the cosmos was never designed to be constant motion. 24/7 activity may be a nice slogan for a market, but for humans it eats away the fabric of the soul.
Perhaps, if we peel back the pages of history and go beyond the Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform, we come upon the campfire of an aging shepherd at the foot of Mount Sinai. There in the thousand winds of the desert and mountains the stories of creation passed from generation to generation until they coalesced into the Creation Story of Genesis.
Moses, the Exiled Prince of Egypt, told of the creation week and Elohim’s observance of a rest at the end of their work week. Now, if the Elohim of creation rested at the end of a busy week, what does this say about us?
Surely, the concept of Sabbath (rest) as presented in sacred writings must be a concept which we could embrace. Working six days and resting on one surely sound like a solution to our busy lives.
Just a thought. Perhaps, my friend in Hong Kong has stumbled upon something, an essential part of life. Taking time to rest each week, or in other words getting away from it all, has merit.
Stephen Williams is another traveller on the road of life. He lives near Chicago. To get away from the Chicagoan reality of constant motion he escapes to the cornfields, the lakeshore and over the border into the greenery of Wisconsin. Listed below is a link to a talk he gave about his moments, his rest, from humanity.
At the end of your busy week, take a rest and allow your spirit to be revived with the freshness which comes from the cosmos. The beauty of rest originated out there in the infinite majesty.
Perhaps, if we listen carefully to the cosmic symphony we will catch the whisper of life, a dream kiss from the stillness which swirls above us. For it is in stillness the song of creation can be heard.
G. D. Williams © 2012
Listen To The Wind
Stephen Williams, United Methodist Church
If you have an interest in learning more about the Sabbath, I would recommend the following:
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan: Sabbath—Day of Eternity
Use the search engines as well-just type Sabbath.
THE SABBATH by Abraham Joshua Heschel (a small book which explores the concept of time and rest)
“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space, Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.
“Creation is the language of God , Time is His Song,and things of space the constants in the song. To sanctify time is to sing the vowels in unison with Him.
“There are few ideas in the world of thought which contain so much spiritual power as the idea of the Sabbath. Aeons hence when many of our cherished theories only shreds will remain, that cosmic tapestry will continue to shine. Eternity utters a day.”.