White Space: where's yours?
The NYT's today had a back page article about "white space." Normally I think of Google, Apple, sleek graphics that allow wide margins of empty space. But this white space is a new use for uninterrupted time and places/times conducive to real creativity. Most of those interviewed said it is not the office and not at work. Some creative types go to work and open their offices, hanging up a coat and then vanishing to a place with wifi to get real work done.
As I read the article I wondered how many pastors find the church anything but white space? How many of us live lives with little white space, but instead look like pages with overlapping type and no margins? Being a full-time pastor and empty-nest parent makes whites space a bit easier. But when it does not happen, I realize that I am my own worst enemy. I self-clutter and self-distract. Why is it so hard to turn the computer completely off and turn off the cell-phone?
Would 40 years of wandering be quality white space? How about the belly of the whale? Is 40 days in the wilderness good white space time? Is white space a choice, necessity, or something thrust onto us, like waiting for flights?