In just one pause, one deep breath, one slow down there can be peace.
….And just like that a few days slip past and I am absorbed back into the chaos and perspective and peace are in my rear view mirror. Lesson number one for me today- relationships doesn’t take the weekend off. Lesson number two in direct line with lesson number one- I need to stay dialed in to my pursuit of perspective and peace by staying dialed in to my relationship with God. Lesson number three- my days are filled with me, an imperfect person, moving through an imperfect world, surrounded by other imperfect people doing less then imperfect things so why expect anything less?
I must keep my perspective on the things that matter- on GOD. On the one perfect in my imperfect life. Things seem great I must trust Him. Things are falling apart I must trust Him. Its a lazy Saturday afternoon I must trust Him. Its a world wind Monday I must trust Him. When my bonus is big I must trust Him. When I don’t know how we will make it through I must trust Him.
I have to build in the pause. I have to build it in as I start my day and every hour of every day because life is going to through me crap, curve balls, distractions and sometimes even good ones. I have to have those 10 second windows built in to remember HE is perfect. To see things through Him. To ask. To wait. To listen. To hear. It is not about my circumstances but about my reactions, about my right responses and the ONLY place I will find those is in the Pause- in the Purposeful Perspective that comes with Peace.
So as I am hurrying to do something last night that was good but not necessary, as I missed my exit and back tracked around, as I walked in to just turn around and walk out, as I grumbled the first 1o minutes of my ride back home I heard that small voice. ” Not everything that is good is worth it and did you even take a moment to pause today?”
Ps 73 21-28
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.