Are you aware of the tension in life?
The pull to do and go and acquire more
the pull to slow down and grow in peace.
It’s a tension that maybe we will always have.
during these special days of preparation before Christmas
I find myself even more aware of it.
From the moment I awaken
and wiggle my toes
I am conscious of the things I need to do in the day.
The list I made the night before rests on my desk
waiting for me to pick it up and begin.
The list keeps me straight
and helps me not to forget.
This morning I glanced at my list and walked on by.
it could wait.
I grabbed my cup of coffee,
turned on the Christmas tree lights
and settled in my favorite comfy chair.
There for a few minutes I sat quietly in the stillness
relishing the experience.
My eyes drifted to the manager set on the Yamaha piano.
Away in the manger
No crib for a bed
My heart wandered back a few years ago
when I was preparing to travel toRussiato adopt my daughter.
While all around me was hustle and bustle
but nestled in my heart was a prayer
a longing that was deeper than words
a song that was yet to be sung.
Today that baby is a beautiful young woman
a song that continues to sing
The gift has come.
But then was a time for waiting and praying.
Long before Jesus came there were preparations.
All needed to be just right for the newborn King.
I sipped my coffee pondering the past
musing about God’s intricate care
and then turned my thoughts to this day.
Sure, the things on that list needed my attention.
There would be plenty of time for that
these moments sitting in the quiet were what I needed
listening to His Voice in today.
Wherever you are
take the time
make the time
to be still for a few minutes today.
It will brighten your moments throughout the day
with the glory of His Presence.
I love to wake up early. It’s my time for coffee and quiet.
I sit in my comfy chair, too, and think. Read my Bible and talk with God.
Sometimes I jot down thoughts or verses that jump out at me.
We’re intentionally keeping Christmas low-key. For us, that means gifts for grandkids and visits to shut-ins, or working with our church family on an annual community outreach to needy families.
But you’re right – sitting and doing nothing, starting a day with peace and quiet is priceless!
Yes, priceless. Thanks, Bonnie!