A pause in the blur…

“Lent is a season for making space, often in ways that make us uncomfortable, in order to come more fully present to the reality of God.”

There are days when my to-do list is so full that the time between my morning devotion and snuggling under the covers at night is a blur. In a recent Sunday sermon, the teacher suggested something that has helped me to make space for The Spirit in the blur-time. He suggested intentionally pausing twice a day, midday and evening, to ask two questions…

“Father, what have I done in the past few hours that took me away from you?”

And…

“Father what have I done in the past few hours that drew me closer to you?”

I’ve been attempting to do this, and as simple as it sounds, it’s had quite an impact.

What have I done that drew me away from you?

Sometimes the answer to that question astounds me. Seemingly small, insignificant things light up my mind and bring conviction:

…the sharp tone on the phone (to tech support!)

…the flash of anger in traffic

…listening to and finding humor in an off-color joke

…the wall that goes up every time I put ____ on your heart

I ask forgiveness and I am fully present to the reality of God.

A pause in the blur.

“What have I done these past few hours to draw closer to you?”

The answer to this question is always shorter than the last…

The kindness you showed when you were in a hurry…

The prayers you whispered for ____…

As I go about my day after the pause, I notice a peeked awareness of my actions and attitudes and a bit of heightened sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading.  Sometimes I suppose, making space in my crowded heart is a simple as pausing to make space in my crowded day.

~Prayers for those of you who are ever-so busy today… for pauses and God-moments my friends~

Comments

  1. Love this and know what I can ask when my alarm goes off twice a day! Great reflection Robin and keeps us on a shorter leash. Amazing how far we can travel from God in our thoughts and actions is such a short span and it is great to be reminded and brought back gently into His embrace. Whew…thanks. Listening for His replies to those questions will shine His light.

  2. Thanks, for sharing this. It has been a blur lately in my life, too! Asking these questions will help me re-center and keep in better step with the Spirit.

  3. Incredible discipline, Robin. I’m going to try it. Thank you! What I’m finding is that when I mess up, He’s so much closer than I knew.

  4. This is lovely, Robin. What great advice. I’m sharing this on my FB page.

    Blessings xoxo
    Jean

  5. Sometimes I feel like you are my spiritual teacher and I am learning at your feet. You teach me something every time. I LOVE your spirit and heart. Thank you for shring your wisdom. XOXO, Pinky

  6. What a great idea. Even though my days aren’t too busy (just this week getting ready for company and our family Easter gathering) I can still miss God in them. I personally believe that God wants us to call to mind those small things (like you listed) and repent. It’s not enough (for me) to ask Him for forgiveness at the end of the day for “all my sins.” How will He ever change my heart unless I am aware of my sin? Just my thoughts today. :) You always make me think…which is a good thing. ;)

  7. What great advice–thanks for sharing this

  8. Such a sweet exercise that can yield some surprising results. I have a feeling mine would look pretty similar to yours… I think I should give it a try. Very insightful and thought provoking! Thank you for sharing such a timely tool to use this lent season.

    Love and blessings to you!

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