Last year at this time, I was sitting on a beach and feeling an unbelievable gratitude for the gift of being present to the moment. Thankful, if you will, for the ability to procrastinate much needed tasks and to-do’s to simply discover God. Take time today to pause, reflect and examen God at work in your day!
thy name is mine- Reminiscing.
Warm sand, waves crashing
I am engulfed by your inspiring presence.
Laughter of children
Amazed by your splendid treasures,
My soul sings with joy.
Little palms upturned, bare feet carrying such gifts.
And yet I hear you
Not in a rushing wind rather
A small gentle breeze
Instantly mindful of the infinite ways
You long to converse
Desiring to be discovered
You hide not from me.
But smile-sunlit rays dancing upon sea sprays.
Suddenly I find
Myself exceedingly thankful
Gifted graced moment
Aware that I am unbelievably loved.
Oh yes, procrastination thy name is mine! Returning from Winter Break I honestly felt that I needed a day to recoup, a time to catch up on neglected chores and conversation over a cup of coffee with a close friend. Back to school for my children, work for my hubby and I find I am finally enjoying my groove in the normalcy of a routine.
Yet, there is definitely a need in our lives for retreat and a break from the everyday. A time to reflect on all of our commitments, re-examine our priorities, as well as to appreciate all that God has given us. As I sat on the sand, my children laughing as the waves were crashing I was reminded of the joy intended for us. Moreover, that through the ups and downs God is always there, breaking into our day to allow us a respite, moments of peace, clarity, joy and love.
What then is waiting for me? There is that elusive final integration project (aka thesis) needed for my Master’s degree. Procrastination in part stems from placing extremely high expectations on myself while knowing full well that perfection is not what is required, or even possible through my own efforts. I find solace in recognizing that if meant to undertake a task, speak to a situation, God will give me what is needed to do all these things and more.
So the other part to this picture is discernment and that is the better part of delay. The time that I spent with my family and with God was necessary. Can we continue to race forward with endurance if we do not pause to reflect on where we have been, where we are and desire to renew our spirit? Connection, we were never meant to do it on our own, the love, support and guidance are there to be discovered. With this, I ask for your prayers as I embark on the path ahead.
5 thoughts on “Worth Revisiting:Procrastination”
Loved this Elizabeth – I think the freedom to take time just to “be” and pray, reflect or just soak in God’s presence is so elusive in a society that seems to value action over being. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed New Year!
Thanks Debbie- I couldn’t agree more! A very blessed New Year to you too-happy to have you join in! 🙂