Saturday I created a writer’s retreat for myself.
The Hubster was in Chicago visiting our son, so instead of being Eeyore and saying ‘Woe is me I am all alone” I planned to use the day for writing and reading.
I went to the store ahead of time, got some healthy and not so healthy snacks, veggies for soup, and came home for the weekend.
Intentional alone time to be quiet, to listen, and to capture the thoughts that percolated to the top.
I have to say it was a successful day!
But like so many things I do, I was focused with my head down, and I almost missed this:
I was stunned that I had been so consumed with what I was doing, my head down, focused on what I thought was most important at the time, that this almost escaped my view.
So I watched. He got my attention.
It was a glorious sunset. God painted the sky and I watched the colors shift with the changing light.
My perspective remained the same; He shifted the world as if to remind me that what I can see is not all there is.
I wonder, what else might I be missing when my head is down, focused on what I deem important in the moment? When daily routines require attention, do I miss the wave of a neighbor while I sweep? Or the flutter of a butterfly around the flowers?
There have been times when I’ve been “too busy” to reach out to a friend when the Spirit prompts me, only later to learn she was grieving and feeling alone at the time when I didn’t lift my head from my work.
This begs the question: Whose time is it anyway? My time? My way? My work?
I sigh, realizing I missed an opportunity to be God’s gift of encouragement to another.
I share this to help us both remember our time isn’t really ours; time is gift God gives us to steward for His glory and others’ good.
Teach us to number our days that we might present to You a heart of wisdom.
Daily we have opportunities to be about the Father’s business. There is a lot of need for good to be done. But the question is, are we doing instead of being? Are we so focused on the work that we forget the relational components?
I know there are seasons when quiet moments to simply be still are few and far between. I know it can feel like the noise from all the needs is making you feel under so much pressure that your ears might bleed. I’ve been in that place. But God. My two favorite words in scripture. But God invites us to be still and know that He is God. We are not.
If we listen to the invitation, take the risk and press pause, tune our ears to His voice of love, acceptance, Presence, we just might be renewed. We just might be filled up to be poured out for the good of others. We can’t keep pouring out without being filled up again.
What’s keeping your head down, girlfriend?
Does lifting your head sound impossible? Do you see only obstacles instead of opportunities? Do you need options?
I’m a trained listener, a person who journeys with others who need and want a guide as they learn along the Way.
Curious to know more? I’d love to hear from you.