BLOGWORDS – Sunday 9 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE ART of BEING STILL by EDIE MELSON
FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE ART of BEING STILL by EDIE MELSON
Today’s post is taken from While My Child is Away © 2016 by Edie Melson, Worthy Inspires, an imprint of Worthy Publishing Group, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., used with permission.
The Art of Being Still
When I added parent to my list of job descriptions, life took off at light speed. Instantly my days were filled to overflowing with the things I should be doing. As my kids grew, instead of diminishing, the list continued to grow. Somewhere in the list of what I needed to do, the art of being still fell to the wayside.
Occasionally I’d get a much-needed wake-up call as a small voice pleaded with me, “Mommy, won’t you just sit down and play?” Those reminders helped me slow down and remember what was truly important. But as my kids grew and were away from home more and more, those requests diminished. It was up to me to keep my foundation with them strong.
One summer day, God gave me an illustration for this truth that I’ll never forget.
It had been a great vacation. We’d spent a glorious seven days at the beach. There had been plenty of time for taking long walks, playing in the water, searching for shells. But some of the best times were spent just lounging in our beach chairs, feet in the sand.
One late afternoon, the sky mirrored the dusky blue of the ocean and the tide began to turn. As the encroaching waves washed over my feet, I noticed something cool. When each wave receded, in its wake was left a shallow film of water. It was so clear and so calm I could see my face in it. This image was erased and replaced over and over again as rushing waves crashed upon the shore.
Then, like an oft-repeated saying, the truth of this visual lesson began to penetrate.
God was reminding me that when I get busy, rushing from thing to thing, it becomes harder and harder for my life to clearly reflect Christ. But when I slow down, living by His rhythm, His image is visible in all aspects of my life.
Where do you find yourself right now? Caught in the pounding surf or taking time to refresh yourself in the calm waters that reflect the light of His Spirit?
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