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Last week I was driving, in a hurry as always, to reach the next destination for that day. It was one of those days when your list of places is endless, and wild thoughts of "WHEN am I going to get the gift of Bilocation??" run through your mind.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the schedule, I turned on our local Christian radio station, hoping for a distraction. I actually caught the BEGINNING of a song I had never heard before that, within seconds, struck a chord in my heart. The music, a driving, forceful melody, caught my attention as these lyrics suddenly rang out:
Alarm clock screaming, bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races, everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life...
I laughed out loud and thanked God for His humor. But then the song continued, and as the music cut out, leaving only a voice singing these words accompanied by a soft heartbeat rhythm, my smile disappeared.
Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls, but all you really need
Is to just breathe.
God had made His point. And how did He do it? He incorporated 2 mediums: music…which makes perfect sense since I do tend to emphatically respond to it, and silence, occurring in the middle of the music, a necessity in communicating with God. He knew how to reach me, and for once, thankfully, I hadn't missed it.
This time of year is an extremely busy one for so many of us, myself included. Between winding down the school year lesson plans, preparing for end-of-the-year testing, making it to all of the kids' activities and culminating events for these and other ministries, caregiving, working at the store and getting ready for spring planting, it seems like there really is little time to breathe, let alone pray.
Do you know how many times over the years that I have literally told God, "I'll pray later…really! I just have to get this done and get so-and-so to such-and-such activity…then I'm all Yours!"
Hmmm….well, now just guess how many times I actually fulfilled that promise? It's so embarrassing that I can't even say.
However, a few promptings occurred during recent years that have truly helped me to keep a little more on track, and I thought I might share them.
1. I read The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelley. I will admit that although I have a GREAT love of reading, I have not been able to keep up with it during my "age of children." I did read this book, though, and was truly amazed at how easy prayer really is to incorporate into our day. He makes it so approachable, so doable…if you haven't read it, I fervently recommend adding it to do your "must do" list!
2. "Pray always in all ways." A holy priest gave me this really good advice during spiritual direction, explaining that truly everything has the potential to be a prayer. I know that this is a pretty popular expression, but don't let it's popularity dumb down it's incredible significance. EVERYTHING I DO can be a prayer. I don't have to stop and drop on my knees at the grocery store because I missed an earlier prayer time. Motioning for someone to go ahead of me in line while praying silently for a blessing on them opens the door for grace to enter in for the customer as well as for me. Wow! How cool! God has never limited prayer to verbal expressions and knees of steel, as important as these are. He expects us to communicate constantly, transforming all that we do into prayer.
3. Paying more attention in Mass, concentrating on each part as much as I can, and fully embracing the moment I receive Holy Communion. This can be hard to do, especially with young children, but at the very least, try to visualize the angels and saints watching as you walk up that aisle and receive Him. It can really transform the moment.
Busy, busy, busy….yep, that's us. But, as God reminds me so eloquently, we still need Him. Even more so, really.
As I "hurry" to write this blog entry, I first want to apologize for the lack of videos, due, of course, to the craziness of life right now. Thankfully, we do have footage now and are working on two Teen-Take clips that will be coming soon.
Second, I really do pray for you that you can take that time to just be, to just breathe.
Below is a link to the song Breathe, by Jonny Diaz, in case you haven't heard it.
God bless your day!!
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