I came across this in one of my daily meditations.
"I am shut up in a box of time and space; but I can open a window in that box by faith."
When I am feeling like a prisoner of my circumstances, by what has happened to me, frustrated by the years I squandered running from myself is when a faith based on my experience can help me see beyond.
I have survived and even thrived in spite of so many setbacks, so much trauma that in my mind I must know that I am cared for in this universe.
It doesn't happen in my time or even in the space I might imagine it should be in. But my faith born of experience, refreshed with gratitude can help me rest faithful knowing that I am fundamentally good and in good hands.
No matter what the walls of time and space that my box is made of, that window of faith helps me see beyond.
I meditate everyday when I remember and I try to find a place in me where I can feel safe and loved.
When I lose that place throughout the day, I can meditate again and find another place.
"Poke salad Annie, 'gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame
'Cause her mama was aworkin' on the chain-gang"
-Tony Joe White