Do you ever feel the spirit moving you to do something?
Maybe you feel the NEED to write a letter to someone or to call a friend. Maybe you feel you absolutely have to go running or go for a walk or pray. Sometimes we need to see someone – we say, “I need to see you” or we show up at their house unannounced just to lay eyes on them.
I’m sure we’ve all felt the need to laugh or to clap. Maybe you’ve felt the need to shout “Amen!”
When I was in Hawaii, I felt the need to do tree pose. No joke.
All you yogis out there are feeling me. It’s true, sometimes, you have to do tree.
Here’s the picture.
Look who was watching.
Seriously…so cool. It was called Buddha point…of course I had to do tree pose. Every time I went near Buddha point, someone was doing something. There were a lot of meditators and a lot of pictures being taken.
There were other Buddha statues all around the resort. I took a picture of another one that also prompted everyone to action.
Look at Buddha’s tummy. It’s literally rubbed off because of all of the people that feel the NEED to rub it when they see it.
What moves you to do something?
As a Christian, all these Buddha statues got me thinking…what do we have in Christianity that is so moving even people of other faiths would recognize it and be prompted to DO SOMETHING?
We have the Cross. The cross is a sign of forgiveness and love and sacrifice and saving Grace. I suppose we should feel the need to fall at the foot of it and weep with gratitude. But do we?
Catholics have statues of Mary and rosaries and icons and endless art dedicated to telling the story of the Catholic faith. In many countries and at certain times of the year, these icons do elicit tears and weeping and shouting and kissing.
I have a picture of Jesus on my bulletin board that I absolutely love. He is laughing. On the back of it, it says, “Smile, Jesus loves you!”. Every time I look at that picture I smile.
What do you have in your faith tradition that gives you pause? What do you see and you can’t help but react whether with a laugh, a clap, a bow, a smile, a prayer or a pose?
I want to know…what MOVES you?