“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?”
“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~