Fresh Breezes

I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. Ps 40:1

We live our lives at such a fast pace, we often don’t get beyond the most superficial level. too busyWe skim through magazines and books, we channel surf the programs on television. We purchase food in a drive through and eat it on the way to our next destination. We listen to “sound bites” of opinions on the nightly news, and leave thirty second phone messages on answering machines. We condense research and opinions into “memo” form.  James Carroll addressed this tendency, writing:

We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things going from one quick base to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out. We collect data, things, people, ideas, “profound experiences,” never penetrating any of them. But there are other times. There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

Perhaps the best thing you can do during your devotions today is nothing! Shut yourself off from your colleagues. Turn off the ringer on the phone. Stare out the window, and put your mind and heart into neutral. Communication with God – prayer – is a two way conversation! it is not just the voicing of praise and petitions, but often communion. Sitting in silence with God, listening for whatever He may want to say. Simply enjoy the fact that He is, and you are, and you have a relationship with Him. These special moments with God are when His fresh breezes can enter your heart and refresh you. 

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