Living without a dishwasher. Bent over the sink, washing mug after mug, plate after plate. Although only for two. Hot water, creamy bubbles, favourite china.
And an empty mind. For five minutes, nothing. And finding that there is something strangely peaceful and restorative in this ancient womanly tradition.
Five minutes of peace and quiet, solitude and surrender. Five minutes of Matt Redman in the background.
Five minutes which I need to spend at the sink, but turns into the gift of five minutes with the Lord. No longer mindless, more simply aware that HE is here, His Presence is beside me, in this little old kitchen at the Bolt Hole.
Practising the Presence in a time tested way. Loving the washing up in a totally different way for it is the doorway to a very special moment of the day. His arms around me. A hug if I did but recognise it.
Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not. (Genesis 28:16)
ALL IS GIFT.
Grateful, recognisant, relaxed, aware. All washed up and ready to step on again.
After a five minute retreat.
Where have you found the Presence of God in unexpected places?
Where do you hear His voice most?