“Love is creative. It does not flow along the easy paths, spending itself in the attractive. It cuts new channels, goes where it is needed.”
~ Evelyn Underhill
Isn’t that truth about love tough to swallow? Wouldn’t it just be EASIER if we could contain, control and command love to do its thing in our prescribed way? We are called to love. To embody Love. To live out Love and be a vessel for it to move and flow and have its way.
But the truth of the matter is that love isn’t easy. It doesn’t take the simple, straightforward, predictable path. It doesn’t always chose the most scenic, idyllic path. It is a journey that requires bushwhacking, trailblazing and paying attention to needs vs wants. It isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always popular. Love doesn’t always say what we WANT to say, our deepest, truest, often darkest emotions. Love pushes us to see below the veneer for something bigger, deeper and wider.
Motherhood has challenged me moment by moment to see these hidden paths of love. Each load of laundry and dishes. Each lunch packed. Every dinner chopped, sautéed and served. Each tooth brushed and poopy diaper changed. One after the other, opportunity upon opportunity to love. To be creative. To carve new paths. To say yes to the unknown and undesirable. It is a moment by moment choice. But sometimes those new channels that must be cut, lead to new paths, new growth and even unexpected joy.
photo taken in Oregon at Munson Falls near Tillamook, Oregon by Matt in August 2009….in a very precarious, scary position….HE is the daredevil photographer, NOT ME!