Making Something New, 2023
I’ve been exploring this area of desert for over 25 years. As long as I can remember, there has been a pile of scalloped landscape bricks near the wash. I am guessing that even before Red Mountain Ranch was built, someone redoing their yard made the trek into the desert to discard what they no longer wanted.
People do that.
They dump their trash.
All things considered, it’s a shame. Dumping stuff in the desert, or out your window is littering. And, things like bricks can have a second life.
The old can be made new. Re-imagined. Redeemed.
Earlier this year I stopped and stared at the pile of bricks for a spell. I saw a problem to be solved. They should not be out here. My back could not endure hauling them out of the desert altogether, so maybe I’d just build something new.
Like the Heart if Prayer I built with friends out here after Sandy Hook, maybe a new heart, an open heart would be a nice place for a hiker to stop, rest, and be still.
I thought I would get some help in moving the pile, for all I knew there was a dead body under all those bricks. But as it happened, I worked on the transformation alone.
It gave me time to think. To process some hurts, some sorrow, some less than perfect circumstances, and to pray.
As I moved each brick from its random spot in the pile to its new location in my design, I thought about the work God has done in my life. Using various trials for my good, transforming my junk into something useful, beautiful. I certainly am thankful for that.
Slowly, the pile shrunk and the heart grew. I decided to would make a break in the design. Keep the heart open so to speak. After all, a new year is cresting over the horizon and it would be good to stay open to new possibilities, new experiences, new friends. After all, by staying open, I could learn something new.
So, if you’re out this way, maybe you’ll find the Open Heart. Maybe you’ll stop for a spell and think about your own pile of bricks.
It’s never too late.
You’re never too far gone.
Your life, no matter how messy can be a new creation.
Just keep your heart open.