Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring: A Time to Pause, Refresh

When the
signs of spring begin to appear,
a quarter of our new year has passed.
The new year that began with fresh
hopes and new goals, resolutions.

And as the long, cold winter passes,
a restlessness, a longing arises;
a thirst, a searching for new life.

Maybe our dreams have faded,
maybe our hopes have dimmed.
Or have we resorted to depending   
on our own strength and energy to 
accomplish all that we long for?

Spring is a time to pause, a time 
to press the “refresh” button
on our life, on our heart.
We need to slow our pace, stop 
our striving, and lean in close.

When the hush of spring wonder
arrives, when we find ourselves longing
for new growth, for new life …
let us lean in close to Him. To pause
our busyness, and to listen.

For growth does not come by striving;
new life and new blossoms come
naturally, in the quiet, as we still
our hearts and our minds to listen
intently and closely to Him.

“God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You;
I thirst for You; my body faints for You
in a land that is dry, desolate, and
without water.”  (Psalm 63:1 CSB)

(Thoughts on my heart and mind as I take some time this first week of April, pausing from my work and from my unending responsibilities. Taking time for quiet, to read back in my journal, to listen to His whispers. I am finding that I have become a bit worn down, tired out, depending on my own efforts to accomplish my dreams. And I’m reminded, again, of my ‘words for the year’ … undivided heart. May I have an undivided heart to take pockets of time, and also extended times, to pause, to slow my pace. May I have an undivided heart to listen. To You, Lord.)

Photo: Our Trip to Italy 2011

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