I walked three different labyrinths on Sunday (yesterday). I entered the first one with this question, “Lord, what do you want me to learn today?” I am still trying to process the way I heard the answer.
When I was nearly finished walking the first labyrinth of the day, I started to take a shortcut so I could be finished. My prayer-thoughts had been interrupted by my awareness of time passing and wanting to be on my way. I stopped listening for answers.
As soon as I realized what I was doing, and it was nearly instantly, I made myself stop, take a prayerful breath, and continue on the path. And I realized that this might be the lesson I was to learn today.
When I left home, I had a plan to visit three labyrinths, all of them some miles apart. But I also have a growing sense of the way walking a labyrinth can bring peace, or questions, or answers.
Was this day’s lesson about taking shortcuts? Had taking shortcuts been harmful? To whom? If so, when and where had I done this? And what can I do about it now?
While walking the second labyrinth, I purposefully slowed my pace, and made sure I continued all the way through, into the labyrinth and return. As I walked, I pondered.
It was an hour drive to my third labyrinth of the day, the most beautiful one I have ever seen. As I paused at the entrance, I breathed a prayer, “Show me, Lord. Slow me, Lord.” I entered, circled, walked and turned, completing the 11 circuits on the way to the center. In the center, I waited, then slowly retraced my steps all the way out of the labyrinth.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching me to wait.