This past weekend I spent a day in the “art room” painting, reading and organizing; both my art supplies and thoughts. After an overwhelmingly busy month of “go, go, go,” it was refreshing to have some “down time” by myself to pray, think and create.
With all seasons, God speaks to us through nature and His own visual art. In splendid glory and bursting color, autumn reminds us that life is always changing. Life and this season right now, is about to change. Life passes quickly and the autumn of any part of our lives reminds us that one more year, journey, season is about to pass. Another season is gusting and whirling quickly forward to blow away the leaves and to bring the stark reality of another season, its own beauty and its own limitations.
We will never have this year, this day, this moment in which to invest again. Time is fleeting. The beauty of the dry, dying leaves reminds us that the glory of the season is almost gone, and so we must do our best to cherish the days if we are to be wise.
I wish I could wake each morning and say to myself:
“Today is the day in which I may pour out love, inspiration, serving and touching hearts, pointing in this moment of glory, the divine creator. Teaching what is true and right and good, modeling faith, forgiveness, mercy and unconditional love.”
However, in reality I find that most mornings are a fog. I wake up in a dull daze (Mr. E can attest to this), sluggishly rolling myself out of the warmth of my bed. Thirty minutes later, when I finally “come to,” my head begins to “spin” with a full list of the days “to do’s.”
I’m discovering the ministry of leadership must be personal—friendly smiles, hugs, eyes really seeing into the face and soul of the one being listened to, words of affirmation and trust, and prayers before the throne of God diligently whispered from a heart that knows only He can create the life of Christ inside the very ones I serve…
May we understand, computers and social media oftentimes waste so much time, cell phones and text messages can rob us of the facial expression, the hand held the warm embrace or moment together watching the sunset; tasks are never more important than those they serve, and frenzied activity sucks up time and steals light and life from the “reality” standing right in front of us, the individual needing the planting of love, and faith, hope and truth. Just like the beautiful blooms of Spring need real water, over and over again if their going to bloom to their fullest potential, those God places around us require personal attention as well.
Overall, Mr. E and I are enjoying our season at Adelphia. However, recently we have come to the realization that we may not be stewarding our time as wisely as we could. In fact, we may need to “scale back” a little bit. Because we’re both driven so strongly by responsibility, we have to constantly keep ourselves, and one another, “in check.” We’re once again being reminded that in a ministry context where the resources and/or number of staff seem limited, and the “task list” appears endless, it’s vital for us to “pace” ourselves. A “go, go, go” lifestyle cannot be sustained for very long. Although we’re not great at it, we’re being reminded that in order to be “wise stewards” over the things God has entrusted us with it is essential to rest.
Please pray for us as we continue to learn. As each day passes, we hope that we have used it well and invested wisely because we will never have it to live over again. All too soon, the “autumn” of this time in our lives will remind us, that this season of planting and harvesting is almost over.
Resting in Him,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.“
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
“And he said to them. ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”