Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2
Sometimes a minute is all we need.
But it still can seem like an extravagance – – – an indulgence when there’s only so many minutes and so much we need to do.
We count out our minutes and measure our time and what we need to get done with it and one or the other ends up short.
We are urged to “carve out some time” – slice it up into pieces so theres enough to go round – but it sounds brutal and bloody – like a fight to the death with ourselves and with this life and I feel I may be left bleeding at the end of it.
Why don’t we just take a minute – no hatchet knife required. Let’s just take a few.
Right within the warp and weave of our day.
Take a sip from His cup – cool water that’s got Life in it.
A minute – a moment even – to catch our breath and see Him near. To acknowledge His presence, to breath Him in. To pray simply with simple words – silent even – for whatever it is we need in that moment – His strength, His patience, His wisdom, His way, His words. A minute alone even in a crowd, a moment of stillness to lean on His grace and take shelter in His shadow.
Long enough for us to see things differently – to see who we are and what we do from higher up where God is. We miss things with our eyes.
A minute can be the difference between coffee fueled crazy and God given calm, between despair settling heavy around our shoulders and hope rising up in the middle of us, between not having a clue and hearing the answer, between missing what’s around us and seeing the beauty of God at work in all things. It can be the difference between holding back and moving forward, keeping what we have for ourselves and giving it away, the difference between being lost and being found.
A minute in His presence that weaves itself through our hours.
A necessity more than an extravagance.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; Psalm 84:10
Long enough to let God love us.
Our God who see’s us and knows us – right where we are.
“ The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” Genesis 16:7& 8
Hagar a slave woman – distressed, unfairly treated, dismissed and rejected – nobody to anyone – but in her distress is seen and found by God. Not alone after all.
And notice she stayed by the stream – where there was life and water.
Some day’s we might be feeling it like Hagar – but remember that He is “ the God who sees me”( v13) He sees us – so lets take a minute – sit by the stream, cool our feet in the water there, feel His eyes rest on us – let His love find us.
“But how can I stop in the midst of all there is to do” It’s because of all there is to do that we should stop and rest and drink – even for a minute. Small sips taken often.
Let Him love you – right in the middle of your day. Let His everything pour into your nothing. Then we’ll have something to pour out – something to give, something to rejoice over, coming up fresh from inside of us.
“So give the world and yourself a gift and stop” (Emily P Freeman)
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Love to you all today
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