Mommy, sit down.
Otis often orders me around these days. And I let him. He's two and a half--he gets to. It's hard to say no to him.
I stand. All. The. Time.
I got a Fitbit a while back. It's all about the steps. I compete with my co-workers (the Fitbit Mafia, as my husband has deemed them) and they're always are in awe of how many steps I manage to get. How do you do that? What do you do all day?
Well, I'm certainly not running marathons.
I serve. I serve my children. I clean. I keep the house as clean as I can. I do laundry. Very exciting.
I try and sit. I really do. (My husband blames it on ADD.)
It never fails, though, the SECOND I sit down, someone is calling me to do something for them or a dog needs to be let in or out. (This is also the case when I set my tush on the potty. I sit and someone yells "Mom!")
True story 99% of the time.
So why sit? Why not always just be ready for the next request?
Why? Because sometimes, my legs are just freaking TIRED.
When we are always moving, anticipating the next move we miss the space we are IN. Miss the moment. I have to MAKE myself sit down. Take a breath. Live in the current moment.
Don't we all?
We always think we have to be doing something. Farting around and wasting time is well, just a waste of time. But is it really???
I think we need to look good and hard at our "rules" for rest, work and play.
I was at school walking to the playground. I spotted a small lizard hopping from rung to rung on the fence. I stopped. I marveled in him. I came close to the fence and looked up at him. He crawled down to me. He paused and he looked at me. We had a moment. I've never had a lizard come toward me like that.
I sat and I stayed.
If I had not paused, I would have missed out on that precious encounter. Yes, with a lizard.
What do you MARVEL in?
Flowers? Clouds? A sunset? Water? A kitten?
Your husband's freckled skin? Your son's eyelashes? The rolls of fat on a baby's legs? The twinkle in the elderly gentlemen's eye when he winks at you at the grocery store?
How often do YOU sit and stay?
We are headed to the beach this weekend. It's almost as if God has been preparing me this long summer, just to get there and to simply: sit and stay. Sit and stay in the presence of my family. Sit and stay in the glory that is the beach and all of God's creation there.
This weekend I am only required to sit and stay.
Isn't that nice?
We place so much on ourselves.
Why don't you sit and stay?
What might you marvel in?
See what happens.
The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
1 John 3:19
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.