“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, author The Secret Garden
What a beautiful picture Burnett paints with her words. Here in South Carolina, the tulips and daffodils have long since bloomed, and the hot days feel more like summer than spring. We finally got rain yesterday, and it was glorious!
Seems like we went from winter to summer overnight.
Do you ever feel time races past you? It certainly has felt that way this year for me. In February, I blogged live from The Cove as I attended a writers’ conference. The weekend was cathartic for me, rejuvenating my writing and reigniting my love for the creative process. The problem? Not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want. I suppose that’s something most people feel, whether they’re creatively bent or not.
Even nature seems hurried when it rains and sun shines at the same time!
The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. Ecclesiastes 1:5-6 NIV
As the days fly by, I try not to feel the pinch of fleeting time and carve out time for quiet. It’s in these moments that God meets us. And if you’re really quiet and still, He’ll share His plans for your life. Not in the hurriedness of our requests, but in the moments of reflection and openness, we hear Him. His compassions are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He makes our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
So, do I really need to worry about not getting things accomplished? Or feel rushed to do more than I possibly can each day? No, and this has been an ongoing lesson for me that God probably wonders if I’ll ever learn completely.
In the scope of life, the undone doesn’t matter near as much as how we’ve lived or affected those God has placed in our lives.
Our only goal should be to hear these words one day: Well done, good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23
How do you find quiet moments with God? Do you have a favorite place or time of day that you spend with Him?
I’d love to join you in prayer, if you have a need. Please leave a comment or email me confidential requests.
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© Laura Hodges Poole
“Background Sun Indicates Raining” image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
“Bluebell Woods” image courtesy of Rob Wiltshire/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.