Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lingering.

This is an interesting little journey, this 12-week sabbatical experience. It is, like so many chapters in life, one of those experiences where God works around the edges. Comes at us from a direction we didn't expect.

Last week we spent three and a half days at one of our favorite spots on the southwest coast of Michigan. South Haven is a town with a lovely marina, two beaches, some nice shops and simple restaurants, a river that divides the town, a section called North Beach that has many B & B's, and it all "works" as a getaway place. We soaked up the sun, enjoyed the water, watched some stunning sunsets, and walked out to a rather pedestrian lighthouse that sits at the end of the jetty/breakwater.

These last couple of days, though, I have been hanging out at home. Taking care of lots of small things. Phone calls, doing a little writing, running errands, and stopping at the grocery store a couple of times. Just ordinary, little stuff. Tuesday I worked out at the Y, headed to Mishawaka and visited a book store, bought a pair of good walking sandals at the mall, and had a late lunch at a BBQ joint. I've been "burning" CD's to synch with the new iPod player I bought three weeks ago.

Now here is the thing: I have noticed that I am lighter. Somehow, even though I keep moving, I am lighter. And I have noticed that I am lingering with people. Slowing down. For instance, I stopped at the barber shop this morning. (I know...it doesn't take long!) Instead of paying the bill and moving out the door, I lingered. I don't know whether the guys in the shop appreciated my hanging out for a few extra minutes, just chatting, but I have noticed that I am lingering more with people. Whether at the barber shop or talking with the woman standing behind me at the post office yesterday.

Something inside me is slowing down.

As I sorted through some things today, cleaning up my part of the house, I came across a devotional reading for Christmas someone had given me months ago. It's the story of a woman in an office who gives a man a couple of small gifts for Christmas. One is a very inexpensive calculator. There is another little thing to take camping. Finally, though, she gives him a wrapped present which he opens -only to find nothing inside.

There was nothing inside! The man held the empty box up. There was a long silence. Quietly, the woman said, "It's a pause. Use it anywhere. Anytime you need it. It will always be there." The woman smiled. "I know you've been busy," she said, "and I thought you could use a pause."

I like that story in Luke 10. Where Jesus shows up at the home of his friends, Mary and Martha. He lingers. And Mary lingers with him.

Somehow I think lingering is an important part of the art of life.

15 comments:

JoJo said...

I'm so glad that you are "pausing to refresh". I'm in the process of memorizing a song that a friend and I will be singing at Central Christian soon. I'm terrible at words so I have to spent a lot of time visualizing and thinking them through. Then, I paused to see if you had written anything new. It was the same message as my song: I'm turning the world off Embracing the silence. Walking away from all the voices That are screaming in my ear. I've been too caught up; I've been so stressed out. All of the noise replaced the whisper that used to be so clear. So I close every door and put my face back on the floor. And I'm back in your arms Where I belong. There's no other place for me than right where You are. Some things just don't change when I call your name; You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace When I'm in Your arms.

Just perfect!!!
Jill

曾法幸 said...

很用心的部落格 祝你人氣百分百 期待您的新文章...........................................................

RicoLisi0802志竹 said...

No garden without its weeds.............................................................

俊張霖 said...

thx u very much, i learn a lot............................................................

Cathy Barwick said...

I like that - Pause. I need to take those too.

家唐銘 said...

Say not all that you know, believe not all that you hear.............................................................

文王廷 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

凱許倫 said...

Lets cross the bridge when we come to it............................................................

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Make hay while the sun shines...................................................

陳李原筠永辛 said...

你不能改變容貌~~但你可以展現笑容.................................................................

王志陳雅竹豪 said...

當我微笑時,世界和我一起微笑;當我快樂時,世界和我一起活躍。..................................................

惠NorrisBradwell041花 said...

人必須心懷希望,才會活的快樂,日子才過得充實,有意義,有朝氣,有信心。......................................... ........................

江仁趙雲虹昆 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情.................................................................

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