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.