It seems ironic that I am posting about the 80 degree day we had here in the beginning of November on one of the coldest days so far this year. The day had begun like most of my typical days of shuffling kids to school, walking the dogs, preparing for counseling, etc. One thing I knew for sure that I needed to do out of my normal schedule that day was to deliver boxes to a friend who was moving in a few short days. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see her beautiful face one more time before she left the state for good! After we prayed together and said our goodbyes, I headed out of town. When I had gotten a few blocks from her home, the gentle voice of God told me to turn toward the beach instead of leaving town. I looked at the clock and rationalized that I only had about 20 minutes, but how could I miss being on the beach and boards on such a glorious day!
Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
If you follow this blog, you may know that I recently went back through my own book and allowed God to use it to strip another layer of striving off of me. I had just finished that process days before when He called me to the beach. As I sat on the sand that day I learned a few things. I definitely don’t take enough time to stop and just be in the moment. This moment was glorious and I would have missed it if I had ignored God. I think we are all aware that as social media increases, it’s vital to our souls to be present in the moment, without attachment, in order to connect with God, nature and ourselves again. As I sat there and watched people meander down the beach and boards, I realized that many of them already knew how to stop everything and be in the moment when a glorious 80 degree day popped up out of nowhere. They were enjoying their last ice cream cones of 2016. Some where grabbing their last slice of pizza on the boards or just staring at the waves one last time in the warm sun. They all had one thing in common, they looked peaceful and content like they knew they were right where they belonged at that moment in time. I felt the same! I felt like I had joined a secret society of people that I never noticed existed before. I knew it was my fault that I never noticed them before… they were there all along. It was a moment of bringing the work I had done in my book from my head to my heart.
I was a little annoyed at myself that at 53 years old, I am still having to be redirected by God to learn such a simple lesson. As I picked up some shells as a momento of the day, I felt God say, “It took time to make this shell so unique. It was carved by the grit of the sand and the washing of the water.” As a lifetime striver, I have to be patient with myself and allow God to strip it all off and teach me how to live in the moment. In fact it is going to be the only goal I have for 2017 is to learn to live more in the moment. I also sensed that I was there for someone else as well. As I took a few extra minutes on the boardwalk that day, I re-connected with an old acquaintance who needed to talk. It was wonderful. That day reminded me to schedule much needed rest, relaxation and fun into my schedule. If I don’t, it won’t happen. I also learned in the last few months that rest is a form of spiritual warfare. If you are exhausted, it’s hard to be ready for anything!
As I left the beach that day I noticed the sign that read strong current. What an appropriate picture for this post. With all of the info. and tasks that come at us in life these days, we can completely miss the being in the moment times due to the strong current that pulls us in many directions. Some may feel like they are drifting in a sea of responsibility, especially with the holidays upon us! I encourage you to schedule some fun and rest right into your planner if you struggle with striving. It’s been a great experience for me.