(July 5, 2017)
So much of our lives are in transition right now, aren’t they? We, as a country, are really feeling the effects of the beginning of a new administration in Washington after eight years with a different person; the world is feeling some angst about North Korea and some other hotspots; our churches continue to change — New Life is preparing for its final worship service in its building this Sunday while South is getting settled into its new offices at Twelve Corners. From what I hear, many of us are going through times of transition in our own lives right now, too: graduations … home renovations … hospitalizations and surgeries … anniversaries of losses … starting new jobs. The list seems endless.
One of the daily meditations I commend to your attention is the Daily Word from Unity. I have it (and about three or four other things) delivered to my inbox every morning, and today, I opened it to find this:
|Working through Transitions|
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
When I was working with my Spiritual Director for several years, she always began with a prayer that invariably included the words, “thank you, God, that Deb has carved out this time to deepen her relationship with you.”
Carving out the time is a phrase that always struck me because that is exactly how it felt sometimes. Life is so busy … it’s often so complex that we think we have to keep going at a fast pace or we will get run over by the sheer force of the movement.
Whether we are pausing between the successes of major changes, or we are carving out time during the harried moments when transitions are at their fullest capacity, it is important that we take time to breathe and reflect. Even if it’s 5 minutes every day. Could be when you’re walking … waiting for someone to arrive somewhere (go a little early so you build in the alone-with-God time) … or standing in the checkout line. PAUSE. Be MINDFUL of what’s going on … what you’re feeling … and ask yourself: Where is God touching my life right now?
I’m finding that when I do that I have the answer and the direction to what it is I’m supposed to do next.
See what you think and then let me know.
Blessings on your day,