Mark 7: 31 - 37
People continued to flock around Jesus and brought him a blind and deaf man. Jesus takes him aside into a quiet space where, Mark tells us, he looked into heaven, sighed and asked that all that was closed in him, be opened.
Once, while living into a painful, unending situation, I found myself closing in on the world around me in order to protect my own heart. I journeyed into this darkness unaware of what Mary Oliver calls, a small box, that once opened, exposed a kind of torrent I would never have thought was a gift. It’s only in retrospect that my eyes are opened and I can now see that the darkness was meant to point me in a direction I may never have otherwise chosen.