I was driving from Darwin to Daly River on Sunday afternoon, a journey of just over two hundred kilometres.
It gave me an opportunity to have some personal space in the car as well as connecting with nature and the environment around me.
A lot of the bush was as it has been for thousands of years.
In one way I was a visitor to this timeless place and in another way, I also belonged.
We are part of this amazing mystery of creation, an ongoing miracle.
Our senses, sight, smell, touch, etc connect us.
So many thoughts going through my mind of events and experiences.
At times I found myself going around in my head, somewhat disconnected from the environment around, a stranger.
When I paid attention to the amazing world around me I felt grounded, connected with the bigger reality.
My thoughts kept being called to the One who made it all, our creator God.
It was Jesus who reassured me of being unconditionally held and loved.
I felt even more connected.
In the busyness of life so much passes us by. There can be loneliness in a crowd.
The journey from loneliness to solitude is lifelong.
It leads us into true hospitality to others and from illusion to prayer and cosmic connection, and being truly alive.