Recently I had to go to Washington, D.C. for some meetings, but the timing worked out perfectly this time to be able to mix business with pleasure because my best friend, Katie, happens to live there as well.
The first day in D.C. after my meetings, I was lost and my phone was dead. Katie was working and I had no idea where her office was. Normally this would cause panic; however, for me this was a wonderful feeling! Most of my days are scheduled down to the very minute and my phone can receive at least 20 text messages and about 15 Facebook messages a day.
So a dead phone and no agenda in an unknown city being lost was quite freeing. No one knew where I was… even I didn’t know where I was.
I sat down with Jesus and trusted that it would be alright and that He had great adventure for me. So I drank wonderful coffee and I read a good book and I just started walking wherever I thought might end up in the right direction.
I stumbled upon the Union Station on pure (divine) luck and remembered from 7th grade that everything in DC was designed in a line. So I journeyed to the Capitol which eventually led to finding Katie’s office.
I marveled at every sight, I soaked it all in. Every tree, every face passing, every statue and fountain.
I was present… a true gift I normally say “thanks but no thanks” to but a gift He offers me every day. I truly saw people and saw creation.
Put down the phone. Create breathing room (the Sabbath) and just start walking in a direction. He meets us where we’re still enough to hear Him. There are wonders at the turn of every corner.