Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Unhurried and Uninterrupted
This past weekend my husband and I got away for an overnight. We left Saturday morning and spent a leisurely day walking around a small historic town, eating a deliciously slow dinner, and watching a movie in bed in the hotel that night. The day felt so serene and I said to Mike, "You know why today is so nice? We are unhurried and uninterrupted."
It reminded me again at how much a hurried and loud lifestyle can fry the nerves and cause an almost perpetual sense of edginess. When life gets quiet, then I can unfortunately "hurry" to try to enjoy it because I know it will get loud and demanding very soon. When life feels slower, then everyone's creativity comes alive, but with that "life" everyone here gets excited and loud and wants everyone else to see what they have just created. So to find a place that is unhurried AND uninterrupted feels like a bit of heaven to my reflective soul.
Carving out spaces in our lives for slow and quiet is so important. We don't even realize how starved we are for that until we get a small taste. Mike and I said at the end of day, "boy, we need a vacation!" Regular time of quiet is needed no matter how small, but we also need times of quiet to not be rushed or to be mindful of the clock or to have the to-do list trying to push its way to the front of our minds.
As we enter the holiday season, let's try to find some unhurried and uninterrupted time...starting with Jesus. Maybe a prayer walk for a few hours in a local garden or unhindered journaling and reading. Unhurried and uninterrupted time with our spouse...maybe a full day away from the kids to shop or sit in a coffee shop or a local tour. Or unhurried and uninterrupted time with a good friend...catching up, crafting, a long lunch and movie. And unhurried and uninterrupted time with myself gives me a deep sense of renewal...journaling, reading, thinking, creating all reignite a personal fire within.
Get a babysitter. Turn off the cell phones and gadgets. Disappear for a while. Breathe. Reflect. Refocus. Move slowly. Take your time. Be at rest. Receive His rest. And have fun.
photo by mcwy