I have 3 kids, a husband, a dog, a fish, and did I mention the kids? Yeah, life is gonna be busy. I get that. I do. But somedays I wonder where the insanity all comes from.
I was moving at top speed the other day, running around cleaning, organizing, throwing in laundry, dishes, and trying to snag a bite of something because I had forgotten to eat lunch. It occured to me as I stuffed a granola bar into my mouth that I hadnt sat down since I’d gotten up at 5:30am. It was long after 4pm and I had dinner to make, more dishes to do, bills to figure out, groceries to get, and a kid to get off to Boy Scouts on time. My sweet daughter reminded me that I HAD actually sat down today. When? When I drove them to school and then again driving to and from my job (where I do the same thing I just listed, only for some amazing people who love me enough to PAY me to do the stuff I do for free at home!)
Well, okay, so I did sit while I was driving. It is frowned upon to multi task and be up running around the van while driving, so I allow myself to JUST drive while in the van. Kids – they can always be counted on to give the very EXACT correction of what’s said in exaggerated frustration!
But while running and cleaning, and on and on, I came across a quote quite by accident. It was under a stack of things I moved. It stopped me dead in my tracks. It was just what I needed. In pretty curly font, it read: “When your day is pressure-packed and your hours all too few, just close your eyes and meditate and let God talk to you. -Helen Steiner Rice”. Wow. Nuff said.
I sat. I closed my eyes. I leaned back and breathed out. I let out air from inside me I didn’t know I was holding. It was like I had been holding my breath and had been forgetting to breathe. When I need the most help and assistance from God, those are the times I end up racing ahead as if only the momentum will keep me going. I forget that when it gets nuts, I need to stop and just breathe Him in and let Him refill my soul and recharge my batteries.
So next time you are moving at top speed – STOP! Close your eyes… and let the breath of God breathe new life into you 🙂