Monday, October 27, 2014

Take Off Our Shoes {Breathe}

Wrote this the other day...

The carpets were rolled out again today.  The weather is changing; leaves, rain, and mud adorn the ground once again.  All those elements become hitchhikers on our shoes this time of year, so the carpets, not needed during the summer, must be laid down again to welcome these wet, muddy visitors.  It is the season to take off our shoes lest we trek all the muck from outside in.

But maybe there is more to it.  There is a reverence to taking off our shoes, isn't there?  It is an act of pausing...of thoughtfulness, of assessing the current state and transitioning to something new.  Our feet move from "normal" and "protected" to vulnerability and risk (and perhaps relief?).  We walk differently without shoes, don't we?  Less casually and a little more aware.

Yes, it is the season to take off our shoes.

As I extracted the carpets from their place in the garage, I was reminded of a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  (Funny how such a mundane act can lead to poetry!!)

Earth's crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only he who sees takes off his shoes
The rest sit around and pluck blackberries

"But only he who sees takes off  his shoes."  That line was a lingering single note in the silent auditorium of my mind.  This shoe-taking-off season is my invitation to SEE.  To slow down, pause, take a breath and see that "earth is crammed with heaven".  It is an invitation to walk a little more intentionally and with deeper reverence because the Presence of God is everywhere - ablaze to be noticed!

So I think I want to practice taking off my shoes wherever I go...because somehow my eyes are linked to the condition of my feet!  Is it because our feet can feel every inch of the earth beneath us and they give our eyes permission to see Burning Bushes and not just blackberries?  

Yes, it is the season to take off our shoes.

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