#14 Enjoy Seasonal Abundance

Enjoy… what does that mean… REALLY?

To really enjoy something well doesn’t come natural to me. To remove all situations, appointments, protections, opinions, thoughts, hesitations, and just… enjoy.

A friend posted this article by Peter Bregman on Facebook today, and there was a section of it that really resonated with me.

So what’s the problem? It sounds like I was super-productive. Every extra minute, I was either producing or consuming. But something — more than just sleep, though that’s critical too — is lost in the business; something too valuable to lose…

Boredom.

Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that’s where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive; when I am running without an iPod, when I am doing nothing or waiting for someone, when I am lying in bed as trying to fall asleep. These “wasted” moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They’re the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake.
What’s worse is that we don’t just lose them, we actively throw them away.

One of my roommates and I have been talking recently about how we can take great things/ people that LORD abundantly blesses and graces us with and turn them into an ultimate thing that replace the LORD in our lives. We are such beings of idolatry even without realizing it. These small things are where we usually find ourselves reveling in the most joy, or the most under bondage. I know for myself I sometimes don’t realize I’m idolizing something/ someone until I get smacked in the face with some loving honesty.

Coming out of a semi difficult season in my life, I look back and am disappointed in myself for not finding joy in things that in hindsight are so apparently the LORD working in my life. Instead I either moped around with a complaining & unappreciative spirit or I busied myself so that time would pass quickly. Clearly the first of my responses listed is selfishness, but the later, business, that isn’t the best response either.

Can business be idolatry?
Can the people or things that we busy ourselves with become idolatry?
It’s a subconscious comfort of sort, instead of resting solely in the LORD, from whom all blessings flow.

This morning I woke up to quite the thunderstorm here in Nashville. I love thunderstorms. It is one of those things that awaken my heart and soul, like my lungs and every pore in my body opens up so that my soul can inhale its resounding beauty and be completely refreshed. I pulled up the blinds a little on the window next to my bed so that the breeze was able to meet my face, lit some incense, and just laid there for a while breathing deeply. Enjoying the smell of it, and the breeze from it, until I drifted back to sleep.

These small things are the times I want to be more intentional about enjoying. To just slow down and observe my surroundings, whatever they may be. The places, people and things of every season.

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Yearn

This morning when I awoke, this wonderful song was playing on repeat in my heart and soul.

Holy design, this place in time, that I might seek and find my God (my God)
Lord I want to yearn for You, 
I want to burn with passion over You, and only You
Lord I want to yearn for You, 

I want to burn with passion over You, and only You Lord, I want to yearn

Your joy is mine, yet why am I fine, with all my singing and bringing grain in light of Him
Oh You give life and breath, in Him we live and move that’s why I sing

Lord I want to yearn for You,
I want to burn with passion over You, and only You
Lord I want to yearn for You,
I want to burn with passion over You, and only You
Lord, I want to yearn
(Shane & Shane: Yearn)

Hebrews 12:28-29 says: Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

And I sit here overwhelmed and humbled by the grace of the LORD who deserves my continual praise and often times doesn’t get anything but my futile demands and selfish requests. Yet he remains faithful,.. so very faithful. Thank you LORD for your faithfulness.

Lately my prayer has been to be alive in Christ, to really be alive, to be consumed by his joy and his presence. And sometimes I find myself praying that and going on my merry way, as though the prayer was just something to check off the list of things to do today. But I mean it. I WANT to mean it, with every fiber in my being. Lord help me to mean it.

Lord I know your joy is mine. Teach me to yearn for you, fearlessly.