There is a cycle that occurs with every break. My mind spins into neutral, I relax, and life begins to come into focus. The more dramatic the break, the more completely I disengage, the more life takes on a shape a very different look. Words like clarity, insight, perspective are used to describe the change. One might wonder what was the trigger; I see the Spirit working in our lives when we least expect.
How anyone can warn others of the pitfall? The warning signs are clear. The culprit is known. Life is gently, steadily, and relentlessly pulling each person into a pit of confusion, unknown priorities, and anxiety. We are locked in a war for our lives and we often do not realize that there is even a battle! Nothing is clear. Nothing is at it might seem. Things seem to be growing in importance without a choice or intent on our part.
Have you ever thought about what was critically important a year ago on this day? Can you even remember where you were? How about what you were doing? Are there a few of the critical to-dos of life from that moment in time that could even yet remain undone? What about six months ago, a week ago, or even yesterday? It is so easy to get caught up in the present driven by the fear of what is coming next. Deadlines, critical meetings, crucial projects all fade when one things of the smile of a child enjoying a perfect slice of pizza for lunch. Everything takes on a new color when you watch a child wear a balloon hat with pride.
If one takes the steps to pause, take a break, and sit still the world will be clearer than it is at the moment. If one adds to this equation a quest to know and experience God one is opening one’s self to something radically different. If one passionately and relentlessly pursues this relationship; ah, that is the stuff that changes lives, hearts, and relationships.
Until then, “keep watch!” (Revelation 16.15)