The word I was looking for was rumination. There is no reason to define it or to play around with the word. Other than it being the exact one I wanted to use in a sentence, the word rumination has no significance to this reflection.  It was right on the tip of my tongue but for the life of me I could not think of it. I searched and searched and gave up.  The word consideration would do just fine. After finishing the email and moving onward to the next thing, I soon forgot all about the word I so wanted to use.

Upon arriving home, many hours later, (okay some hours later) guess what? There on the counter next to the wireless speaker, the lighted message board and a stack of magazines was a small book by Brooke Gladstone. In the subtitle of her book the word that pestered and eluded me was included in her title.  I can’t make this up.  There it was, the word was right before my eyes… rumination. Truthfully, that was a very odd experience for me. I was perplexed.  Of all the days, on the one day I searched for a specific word that I could not remember, it just so happened to be the very same day that Karen placed a book on the counter, which included in its title rumination, the exact word I wanted to use in my sentence.  (By the way the book was purchased many months prior, apparently tossed and lost in a heap of other books, only to be found in a Covid-19 cleaning activity and then put on the counter and in my line of sight.)  I can’t do the math but statistically the odds seem almost incalculable.

We invite you to pay attention to the odd moments (thin moments) and occasions (thin occasions) that occur in your daily living. It’s the moments where you bump into what seems almost incalculable. God is intimately involved in our lives.

Scripture Reading:  John 15:1-4a
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me as I abide in you.”

Reflection Questions:
When was your last odd (thin) moment?
What fruit does God desire you to produce?
How is God involved in your life?

Prayer:  Holy God, keep me attentive to those times when you bump into me and lead me toward fruitfulness.  There is much to be done and I can be useful for you abide in me. Amen.


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