In the cracks.

Some days that’s where we live. In the tiny gaps of time between the bigger events. We have massive concrete slabs of meetings and funerals and work and sleep. And in between, narrow spaces.

In some sidewalks, those are called expansion joints. They allow the sidewalk to expand and contract without cracking. When the sidewalk is built well, they do their job. If the sidewalk is built poorly, it cracks.

In some sidewalks, the expansion joints are fake, just grooves cut into the surface of the concrete. They create the appearance of space, but offer nothing deep.

And in those cracks, seeds grow. Sometimes weeds, sometimes grass, sometimes flowers.

So here are my thoughts while sitting in a narrow space on Wednesday.

1. Don’t fill the expansion joints with more concrete. Let there be space.

2. Build the large sections of work, of meetings, as well as you can. That will help you not crack.

3. Tiny seeds can take root and grow in remarkable ways in the smallest crack. So treasure even these little spaces.

4. Don’t create the facade of space. It will increase, not relieve, pressure.

5. And sometimes, walk away from the sidewalk and rest.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

3 thoughts on “In the cracks.

  1. We need to remember where we are more often, and not worry so much about where we’re going down the road. – sort of that whole thing about nice looking flowers and the birds; know what I mean? 🙂

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