“We learn to praise God not by paying compliments but by paying attention.” — Frederick Buechner.
How many of us actually take the time to pause, reflect, and ponder upon the wonder of our God and allow His love to flow over, through us, and in us? It is the absence of this that is the prevailing reason why we find ourselves “parched,” despondent, unsure, restless, and longing for something more.
This summer has been very full — full of fun moments, plenty of activities, and many opportunities to engage with friends and to make new friends! In the middle of all of this “fullness,” I began to feel such emptiness.
A full calendar does not indicate a “full” life. In fact, the busier my calendar became, the more depleted I felt until I knew I was getting close to a “crash.”
Then God, in His love, intervened. He created unplanned space within a day — actually two days — for me to be able to pause.
I took the opportunity to dive into satisfying that for which I was starving — time in God’s Word/time with Him. By this time, I have learned that I am never at greater authentic peace and fully “satisfied” then I am when I spend time with God. I knew I needed it. So, I partook, and was it ever satisfying!!!
As I began to open God’s Word, read my devotional, participate in my Bible study book, every word pointed back to the need to pause, rest, reflect, and ponder. The “words” addressed my need to create boundaries and to be intentional in creating “space” for this to happen.
The words I read also absolved my guilt over the fact that I have noticed when I am too busy, I am less able to handle life with as much grace. I become reactive rather than responsive to God’s voice. Why? Because I am unable to hear God’s voice in the deafening cacophony of the chaos.
I would tell myself that I should be able to handle the craziness if I was strong enough…
Do you see it, like I see it now? How proud and self-reliant that is! What was I really saying? Wasn’t I saying that if I was strong enough (in myself — not in God), I could handle this? Why in myself? Because I wasn’t taking time to actually gain strength from God. Therefore, I was drawing or attempting to draw strength from myself and therefore “crashing.”
My “well” will never be full enough to quench all of the winds, fires, and droughts this world sends my way. And neither will yours.
It humbled me to see that God loved me enough to intervene, to stop me in my head-long race to burn-out.
He created “space” for me and then provided the refreshment I needed to be recharged and resupplied in order to live the “full life.”
It doesn’t make us weak to acknowledge our dependency upon God. It actually makes us strong! How so?
This reminds me of a vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner is a very important machine that helps to keep my house from falling into total disarray. It’s a product of ingenuity for which I am very thankful! The vacuum cleaner has a powerful motor that sucks up dirt, pieces of food, dust bunnies, and insects. Yet, unless I plug the vacuum cleaner into the source of its power — the outlet — it is a useless piece of equipment that takes up unnecessary floor space.
So it is with us! God has designed us to be used in many amazing, creative, and productive ways! Yet, when we aren’t “plugged in” to our Source of Power — God Himself — we are incapable of producing that which will have eternal value.
Today, let’s you and I pause and contemplate, reflect upon our God, and allow Him to nurture our souls and fill us once again with His abundant life, true peace (wellness of soul), and true joy.
There is no better place to be!
Let’s pursue the full life rather than the full calendar.