Staying There

This image reminds me of a story I heard about St Antony the Great of Egypt.

“Somebody asked Abba Antony, ‘What shall I do in order to please God?’ He replied, ‘Do what I tell you, which is this: wherever you go, keep God in mind; whatever you do, follow the example of Holy Scripture; wherever you are, stay there and do not move away in a hurry. If you keep to these guide-lines, you will be saved.'”

The journey home — the journey towards being shaped into the likeness of Christ — does not consist of earth-shattering spiritual moments. Rather, God’s formational work in our lives takes place during the thousands of seemingly mundane moments of our daily lives. Like a boulder planted upon the shore and shaped by both waves and wind, our common lives reside at the overlap of two worlds. And simply staying there while remembering God in our thoughts and actions is the most significant thing we can do.

Image taken with a Nikon D40x in Santa Barbara, CA. Post in Capture NX2.

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