FROM CHAOS TO CALM
Sometimes the most awesome writings come from a wise woman just trying to find her way through this thing called everyday life. Profound words from a friend are the center of my writing for today. And although she didn’t point it out specifically, her words got me to pondering about the benefits of carving out just a little bit of well-deserved YOU time, even when you don’t feel you have the time.
Her time-tested words are so applicable to millions of busy women, care-givers, grandmas, & especially young moms, today. Let me know if they touch your heart as they did mine. She writes:
“Have you ever noticed how in the scriptures men are always going up into the mountains to commune with the Lord?
Yet in the scriptures we hardly ever
hear of women going to the mountains,
and we know why — right?
Because the women were too busy
keeping life going;
they couldn’t abandon babies,
and a thousand responsibilities to make the climb into the mountains!
I was talking to a friend the other day,
saying that as modern woman
I feel like I’m never “free” enough
from my responsibilities,
never in a quiet enough,
or holy enough spot
to have the type of communion
I want with God.
Her response floored me,
“That is why God comes to women.
Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women where ever they are.”
I have been pondering on her words for weeks and have searched the scriptures
to see that what she said is true.
God does indeed come to women
where they are,
when they are doing their ordinary,
He meets them at the wells
where they draw water for their families,
in their homes,
in their kitchens,
in their gardens.
He comes to them
as they sit beside sickbeds,
as they give birth,
care for the elderly,
and perform necessary mourning and burial rites.
Even at the empty tomb,
Mary was the first to witness Christ’s resurrection,
She was there because she was doing the womanly chore of properly preparing Christ’s body for burial.
In these seemingly mundane
and ordinary tasks,
these women of the scriptures found themselves face to face with divinity.
So if — like me — you ever start to bemoan the fact that you don’t have as much time to spend in the mountains with God as you would like. Remember, God comes to women. He knows where we are and the burdens we carry. He sees us, and if we open our eyes and our hearts we will see Him, even in the most ordinary places and in the most ordinary things” (Heather Farrell).
Looking back into antiquity, we hear the cries & the deep longings that are instilled in the human heart. And looking forward to today, especially in the everyday mundane-ness & busy-ness of life, we long for a certain kind of stillness, peace, purpose & meaning. Whether we are over loaded care-givers, wives, moms, or grandmas, as long as we have breath, these longings will always be with us. It is just the way we are designed. And I often wondered why on certain days I was blessed to feel the connection that I so desired, and on other days... well, not so much. Yes, I wondered about that until just recently, when the answer became clear.
You see... I’ve discovered a secret that, mostly through my own fault, was hidden from my heart for many years. I've discovered that if I will just make a small effort each day, to apply what I’ve learned, I can face even the most difficult of situations with an unexplained calmness & peace of mind.
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