Blessing in the Pause

blessingThis morning, I sat in my favorite chair, warming blanket on my lap, a cup of coffee in hand, and listened to the howling wind as it screamed past my window. Winter weather arrived on scene yesterday bringing bitter cold and a wind demanding attention with every gust causing the house to groan and creak under the pressure. Much like life, the screams and demands are overwhelming and just like a house, begin to creak and groan under all the pressure it presents.

The upcoming holiday season only adds to this craziness. It comes much like the wind did yesterday, although announced before, it still catches you off guard as it demands its attention. Stores turn over decoration to Christmas in October or earlier, mailboxes overloaded with magazines, Christmas music is now (as of this post) playing on the radio, causing panic, realizing that our defense mechanisms are near empty heading to the masses of people in stores. Then there’s the lists! Gift lists, food lists, donation lists, all added upon the daily lists already in place. Life becomes agitating, an unbalanced load of laundry per se, where we sit spinning, only to have to rearrange an unbalanced load to sit and spin again. It’s a constant demand on time, strength and will and sadly we eventually only see the spinning and no longer the blessing in our midst.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season! It is my favorite time of the year! It is true though, that we can get so caught up, we become bitter in our hearts and cold to those around us backbiting the very ones we love. We miss out on the greater blessings outside of ourselves when we give in to all the static demanding its attention. I have chosen lists over movies with my kids, because if I can just get this done, I’ll have more time to do this with you. I have chosen planning or baking over an evening out with my husband. I have gone to Christmas concerts, unable to concentrate and focus on my children performing before me. I have gotten so caught up in doing, that I forgot about being. It goes past the holiday season too, which breaks my heart tremendously.

Isaiah 55:2-3 says, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” God has shown and continues to show me that if my focus is on things in this life that do not matter, then I cannot see Him. So if I’m overly focused on the holiday season, I miss Him and what He’s done. If I overly focus on music in my car, I miss Him in the beauty of His Creation. If I overly focus on things needed done, I miss out on the blessing of watching my children grow and Him in them. If I focus on the struggles around me, I will miss His direction and leading. So many blessings I have missed over the years and I no longer want anymore to slip through my fingers.

There is blessing in the pause of life. Isaiah 40:26 says, “they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” When I pause and remember what He has done for me, I am thankful.


When I pause the radio in my car, I see His awe-inspiring beauty no matter the season. When I pause from the things that are pressing, I press into my children and am able to see Him and make that connection with them. When I pause from my struggles and focus on Him and what He has done, I can quiet my agitating heart to focus on His promises. When I pause from the ways of the world, I see Him in all His glory, in everything from the biggest to smallest.


 

Life will always have its demands hurled at us. Some will take us by surprise, others we will see coming, and still there will be others that drive us to our knees. In all things there is blessing, whether we understand them or not. We just need to pause and let go of things considered important to see the things that truly are!

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