In the frantic pace of this world, I was trying to take on too many assignments and wear too many hats (as mentioned in one of Dr. Seuss’s tales), I sometimes lost sight of the deepest truths that are born from that gentle stillness of the new dawn breaking and the expectant waiting within my own soul. It is in that stillness—that clarity— and insight that reveals itself only when one embraces the still silent place inside and really listens. It is in this place where one expectantly waits and where change can take place within our body, our heart, our attitude, and our soul as we learn to let go and open ourselves to God's wondrous work.
Micah 7:7 "But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me."
I was recently reminded of a time when I raced against the clock to meet all of the day's demands while rushing to an appointment. Halfway there, I realized I had forgotten an important document that was vital for the meeting. With embarrassment, I made an excuse with a promise to return with the document.
Upon arriving home I discovered that the door was unlocked, the television playing to an empty room and the curling iron still hot. It was abundantly clear that the distraction of hurrying led me to make mistakes that could have been easily avoided had I stopped, looked, and listened.
The frantic pace of day-to-day living can be a vicious cycle. The more I give in to a material world, the
more mistakes I make, the emptier I feel, and the hole expands. The bigger the hole becomes, the more I desire of those things that distracted me in the first place and the incessant beat goes on. The more distracted I am, the less opportunity there is to fill that emptiness with something that lasts and is much more satisfying.
On another occasion, I was traveling abroad with my husband and mother. With road map in lap, I became the navigator. Immersed with map reading and guiding, I was not really absorbing the lush beauty of the rural countryside. We eventually veered the vehicle into a parking spot beside the famous Loch Lomond. We left the car and strolled towards the water where several ducks were at play near the water's edge. Our eyes scanned across the water's silver surface to the green hills beyond while recalling past songs written about her serene beauty. It was only then did I discover what had been missing amid the variety of treasures Scotland had to offer, because I was too caught up with guiding and not really looking. The incredible beauty and tranquil setting all around literally took my breath away as I gasped with astonishment. It was in that precious moment that I became awestruck with an intense, yet silent emotion of expectant waiting mentioned by the ancients! Transfixed by the landscape's beauty, I gazed silently and with gratefulness, taking the incredible image into by being—into my soul.
It was in that moment of waiting and silence that my eyes could really see what the Lord wanted to show me. He made it profoundly clear that this planet where we reside is so much more than some spontaneous bang theory, but rather, an awesome place created by God who created everything. This amazing God has opened His arms and has gifted us this planet to tend, but He has also freely offered us with a plan of hope and promise for our future, and everlasting peace for us all if we let go and allow Him to guide.
I have come to learn the value of slowing down, enjoying the view, and listening to the whisper in my heart. My soul clearly desires to wait for the Lord as He continues to show me how to still my being so I can fully see the things that truly matter. Like a watchman waiting for the morning to come, my soul watches expectantly for His guidance. And I shall continue to wait for Him. May His peace be with you.
Until later, Kathy Goodhew
author of; A Vision Beyond Abuse
The Hidden Ones "Awakened" (book 1)
The Hidden Ones 'Confluence' (book 2)
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.