Half an hour ago I was walking along Bloor Street in Toronto, reflecting on my current spiritual life. And the word “current” seems right on, since things are moving inside me … in mysterious ways.
On my right was a storefront full of windows. Inside was a series of chalkboards. The middle message hit home:
Truly, God alone has knowledge of the Hour
He sends down the rain, and He knows what is in the wombs
No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow
And no soul knows in what land it will die
As a Buddhist, my spirituality has focused on the depth of the moment. What do I see in this precious present? How has time stood still in communion with Spirit? What epiphany of love do I see in your eyes? All is still. All is beauty. All is the lingering now.
There is sublime being here. But things are also rolling … in the becoming of it all. Where will I die, dear chalkboard? What realm of Bruceness will I inhabit when the breath fades away? I feel a train flowing over the landscape. I’ve bought a ticket to … somewhere. I forgot to ask Via Rail about the destination.
In a universe next to timelessness, nothing stands still. Love unfolds like a red, red rose. The future curls her fingers and beckons us forward. Happy are we in the going.
What will we earn tomorrow? Maybe that day will bring us gifts that we don’t deserve, and can’t imagine. Grace may bestow them upon us. May we welcome the blessings that are to come.
We roll on.