Can you sense it? Is the pendulum going crazy for you too? The clock ticks fast as a year’s tail end is swallowed up in a season of busyness that feels beyond our control.
For some of us, this adrenaline rush signals excited anticipation, stirs up remembrance, urges us to try to improve on past Yuledtides, as if our efforts are all that matters.
Although time itself cannot be stopped, we can learn to live more mindfully, making the moments count, while we keep our eyes on the bigger picture.
My heart is trying to resist haste, refuse to yield to mounting anxiety about all that needs to be done to prepare for Christmas. I don’t want to miss the most important thing in the midst of the mayhem. My soul wants to be swayed more by Holy Spirit than a sense of time deficit.
I know I have the same 24 hours as everyone else
but most of mine pass in a haze of fatigue, become
lost in a swirling mist of brain-fogged forgetfulness
sadly gone before I know it.
So how do I claw back time, make the moments count
rather than seep away like grains of sand, washed-up
sludge in a surging tide? How do we live well, mindfully
in a world focused on high speed?
Maybe the secret is not to squash yet more into our lives
like stuffing a sausage that cracks and splits – maybe we
can learn instead to go with the natural rhythm and flow
of our own inner pendulum.
Our bodies might tick like restless clocks but our souls
have their own God-ordained dance that includes much
slowing down, pausing, praying, meditating – connecting
us to the living Heart of all things.
Will you join me in pausing to reflect during this Thanksgiving week? Let’s take a soul stop for our sanity’s sake, try to resist the lure of online malls and the high street’s insistent “buy me!” calls. Because the living Heart of all things is waiting. He chases after our hearts alone.
God isn’t in a hurry. He’s not rushed or harassed. His pendulum swings restfully with rhythms of grace. God simply longs for us to turn to Him, become rested and refuelled, sense Holy Love’s desire to flood our hearts with Hope instead of haste.
We’re in danger of missing the point of it all in the desire to prettify our homes and buy an excess of stuff. Would you help us to slow? Show us how to live with our souls tuned to Holy Spirit’s restful inner pendulum.
May we reflect on the abundance we already have in Christ. May the very act of pausing cause our souls to swell with gratitude, instead of chasing after more. Teach us to be content. Help us to be aware when our focus gets skewed away from You.
As we spend time preparing for Christmas, would You prepare our hearts most of all? Reveal where we might be filling an inner need with things we really do not need. Help us to recognise the holes in our hearts and draw us deeper into Your eternal love.
Oh these words resonate with me so much! As I laid awake last night, it was SO tempting to let my mind wander onto all of the “necessary” things for the season, and how in the world to accomplish it all? And then your words: “Because the living Heart of all things is waiting. He chases after our hearts alone” match up so well with what I heard whispered to me. He is waiting on me. He wants to give me HIS kind of patience that is willing to wait for the BEST gifts from His heart to be received. Oh, may I keep my focus where it belongs, lifted up to Him. Blessings to you, Dear Friend! Hugs & Love across the pond! xoxo
Dear Bettie, oh I know those anxious thoughts so well! We can easily get caught up in busyness, leading to feeling restless and stressed. It’s really encouraging to hear how God has been speaking to you, my friend. May we all wait for and anticipate “the BEST gifts from His heart” this Advent season! I’ll be praying for you to know the riches God has in store for you to savour and the willingness to wait for them to be revealed to you in the days and weeks ahead. Love and hugs to you across the pond and Happy Thanksgiving too! May your Thanksgiving be full and memorable in all the best ways possible! xoxo
I love this thought, Joy – “our souls have their own God-ordained dance that includes much slowing down, pausing, praying, meditating—connecting us to the living Heart of all things.” May we slow down and place our focus on Him! You mentioned brain fog. Isn’t that baffling? I am often so tired that my brain fogs up. My husband said I scare him sometimes. I am staring into space like I don’t know what I’m going to do next, or I am doing crazy things without thinking. Like yesterday, I started pouring the left-over water for tea instead of my tea bag into the waste basket until I caught myself. I guess it scares me, too, sometimes… When you and others with chronic illness mention brain fog, it makes me feel less alone. 🙂 Thank you for this encouragement to live in tune with God, not all the hurry around us! Love and hugs to you!
Trudy, it really does take deliberation to slow down enough to focus on God, doesn’t it? I hope and pray we will all be able to rest in God’s grace more than we chase after things. I smiled when I read your experiences with brain fog because they so closely resemble my own! Praise God for giving us a sense of humour, so that we can see the funny side to it all. You’re far from alone, my friend. Excessive tiredness can make all of us feel out of it, have difficulty concentrating and focusing and do strange things. 🙂 I know I need to pay heed and eat my own words as such, especially as things hot up in the month ahead. Maybe we can give one another a holy nudge reminder, yes?! Love and hugs to you! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Day with your family. May it be a lovely time of fun and feasting, friendship and fellowship, gratitude and grace. xox
See Joy; I am thankful that you use part of your 24 hrs to write these words to help us stop and reflect on what truly matters. Many blessings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving. Cindy Smith
Hello Cindy, how sweet of you to stop by and leave an encouraging comment! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Although we may not celebrate it here in the UK, I love the emphasis on gratitude which it brings to this season. Bless you, friend. 🙂 ❤