The photo on this post was taken in my backyard. Yes, the dollar bill really does go that far down into a crack formed by drought. I didn’t have a yardstick handy, but I think this shows the depth quite well.
Have you ever experienced that kind of drought in your life or heart? It seems nothing is growing or flourishing. If you blog, you know those times: the writing comes harder, the blog readership isn’t growing, the finances are tough, you’ve said the wrong things to a friend, and even movies or a good book don’t seem to pass the time well. The parched land seems to stretch out forever.
Downer enough for you? OK then, do you remember the scene in the 1981 movie Excalibur, when King Arthur and the land have wasted away to almost nothing? It seems all hope is lost, and the evil upon the land will win. But then the young and quest-weary knight Perceval finally brings the king the Grail:
Perceval: [holding the Grail to Arthur's lips] You and the land are one. Drink.
Arthur: I am wasting away. I cannot die and I cannot live.
Perceval: Drink from the chalice. You will be reborn and the land with you.
Arthur: [drinks] Perceval… I didn’t know how empty was my soul… until it was filled.
Soon after this moment on screen, Arthur and the land quickly heal and blossom. Something in the Grail pushes away the darkness and brings new life to the world. It is a metaphor that still stirs me because I equate it to those rare epiphanic moments of clarity when things click in our minds and all the pieces fall together in a way that makes us and the world seem whole, meaningful, and at one. It is the opposite of the drought moments.
Today, it finally rained two-thirds of an inch. As it did, the land and I breathed in the smell of fresh raindrops, listened to the wild thunder, and felt filled again.
What helps you feel “filled again”?