The Spiritual Catnaps of our Chaos

Today, God decided, in the midst of a hectic season, to spread out an effortlessly delicious day in which someone could lose all their troubles.  Well, at least it seemed that way to me.

 

I headed out for a run and God treated me to a getaway.  I believe that on days like today (or almost any day for that matter) it is impossible to stand outside, peer up at the sky, and be stressed. (Well, this works for at least a short time!) As the sun seeped into my skin, the breeze licked at my cheeks, and I squinted up at a blue sky streaked with wispy white clouds, I felt like all was right with the world.  If only for a moment, time stood still and every worry melted into a balmy sigh.  

 

I firmly believe that God sends us little moments in the midst of our mayhem for us to revel and rest in.  The question is whether or not we see them.  Think how many delicious little moments – spatters of sunshine, breaths of air, touching scenes, encouraging words – we miss in our tunnel-visioned rush.  God used a fresh Florida day to remind me that, not only do these moments exist, but I often brush past them without a second glance. It’s simultaneously alarming and exciting.  Alarming because I miss them, but exciting because they are there to find.    

 

We are talking about a God who knows the hairs of our head (Matt 10:30), is distressed when we are in distress (Isaiah 63:9), and rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).  It isn’t too far-fetched to think that He creates little moments to still our rushing hearts and turn them to rest in Him, is it?  

 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very aware how life can be pretty crazy sometimes. Many people who are very dear to me are suffering, whether physically or emotionally, and although I’m very blessed with relatively good health and life, things can get pretty hectic in my life as well.  I’m certainly not trying to say that all of life is sunshine and rainbows.  Quite the contrary, actually. 

 

BUT, I’m also discovering that this is precisely why it’s so important to start searching for little ‘God moments’ in the mundane or the chaos. I’m not saying they fix every problem or eradicate stress.  But they’re kind of like the spiritual catnaps of our chaos.  They give us little extra bursts of hope and rest to keep us going.  And God knows exactly when we need them most.

 

Above all else, rest in the truth that God PROMISES to be our hope, our refuge, our strength, and our peace.  No matter what.  

 

Solace in the Sparkle of Christmas

I’ve always been a little sentimental, and this time of year has always held a bit of sparkle or magic, no matter what my life is like at the time.  Maybe it’s the way everything seems to glisten, or the fact that it is perfectly acceptable to have jingling music about my Savior playing everywhere 24/7; or perhaps it’s the feeling I get when I lay under the tree and stare up through all of the little twinkling lights.  Whatever it is, every year I am filled with renewed wonder.  Just a certain Christmas song, a special ornament, or the bleary glow of lights seeping through squinted eyes can bring a flood of memories.  And with those memories, I am instantly returned to a time in my life that was a whole lot less complicated, where I took things at face value and lived life as it came.

Just like the moments before sunset where the earth holds its breath and the skies whisper soothing words to my soul, Christmastime is a season where time stands still and all is well, even if only for the time. There is peace in the familiar and rest in the constant.  There is also something about knowing that you are not alone in such blissful moments. That your joy transcends the moment, your location, and your life. That somewhere, at the same time, someone else is experiencing the same pleasures; someone else is listening to ‘What Child is This’ by their Christmas tree or basking in the watercolor sky at dusk.

I never want to take these moments or seasons for granted. God created us to seek refuge in Him and seek rest in our hectic lives, and I believe He offers us little respites like sunsets and glittering Christmas lights to slow the whirling in our hearts and refocus our scattered minds onto the familiar and the beautiful.

This season, no matter what pain you face, stress you are under, or anxiety you battle, enjoy the solace of the small things and seek shelter in God.