It was one of those rare, beautiful winter days. I had just come through the second anniversary of my marriage to Wayne, Valentine’s Day was right behind that. And it was ever so nice to be out in the sunshine! The sky was a gorgeous azure blue, and, if the trees were not bare and without any little buds, one might think it was Spring.
I was driving on I- 66, now under a much-needed reconstruction of exits (let me add- it’s a hot mess), that lane demarcations change suddenly and without warning! Just then, a car shot past me so fast – that my vehicle swayed with its passing! He was weaving in and out of traffic and moving too fast for the volume and flow of traffic. He was either late or he was just in a hurry! I slowed my speed (I’m always going a little too fast) in anticipation of “the flash” causing an accident ahead. My thoughts drifted to the hustle and bustle world we live in and how to affect the lives of those I love and who are in my sphere of influence.
On my way home from my appointment, I was talking to a friend (on my blue-tooth) who was multi-tasking as we talked. She had just completed one meeting and was headed into meeting number three of the day, and it was only 10:00 AM. Later that same day, I was talking to another friend, who was also multi-tasking while talking to me, answering an email, and reading a text from someone about a teleconference she was leading in California! Once again, my thoughts went to how can I help? Everybody is so pressed!
I pray for all of my “gainfully employed” friends and family every day because it does not seem to matter if you are employed in the government or private sector, the machine is on hustle and flow, move faster!
I retired fourteen months ago and I remember well the five hours per day commute, the pressure to meet budget, and the proverbial personnel issues! So, every day before my feet hit the floor, I would, and still do, take the time to thank the Lord for retirement and a slower, more manageable pace.
We are consistently moving from morning until night very often negating time with the only One who can orchestrate time! I know without a doubt that when I stop and spend some time with Jesus, the day just seems to manage itself. Psalms 32.8 says: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
Spending time with Jesus is like the divine enjoyment that comes from indulging in a piece of delicious chocolate /magnified 1000 x! If not chocolate, then think of something you truly enjoy eating. (Just go with me for a minute.) As you pick up the piece of Lindor chocolate and begin to take off the elegant paper, you might pause to inhale the deeply satisfying aroma of the delicious morsel. Then, as you place it to your lips, every taste bud is poised and ready for the decadent experience…. then you take a bite and the warmth of your mouth starts the melting process… oral pleasure crashes with psychological emotion and you experience a moment of total bliss!
Well, let me tell you, an encounter with Jesus is 1000 times better!
Spending some time with Jesus puts you in direct communication with Him. You are putting Him first which, in and of itself, aligns your day. He is the lover of your soul; He created you and also placed a God-sized void in the center of your being. So really, you cannot make it very far on your own!
Do you find yourself floundering? Do you feel like you are running through Hades with gasoline undies on?
He is just a few words away. Simply say, “Help me, Jesus!”
Psalm 3:3-5 The Passion Translation
“But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh have become my Shield; you take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help. So now I will lie down and sleep like a baby- then I will awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory.”
Pray this when you need a little time with Jesus.
I am pressed on every side by my schedule and the demands of life. Many times, I bound out of bed without reaching out to You to order my steps. I know it only takes a minute… so I am starting right now.
My to-do list is longer than the day has hours! I’m already feeling overwhelmed and behind -and- I haven’t put my feet on the floor, yet!
But, I know you are my Creator and my God; Your Word says You have a perfect plan, and a purpose for my life.
So right now, In the Name of Jesus, I’m placing this day, with its lists and activities, in Your hands and asking that You lead me, guide me, direct and protect me today. I recognize I can accomplish so much more with Your guidance than I ever could alone. Thank you, Father, that Your presence is just a breath away!
In Your precious Name,
Nora Neal-Daggett is the expert on overcoming heartache and disappointment.
Nora has a passion to help others navigate the thorny path of loss.
In spite of the deaths of not one, but, two husbands- she has persevered and has a passionate message to the world;
“Loss is a station in life, not a destination.”
With deep insight, empathy and compassion, Nora will construct the path that will move You, or some one who you have come alongside to move from mourning to joy..To step out of the wave of grief!
She incorporates the practice of prayer and trusting God.
She provides dynamic principles to move the participant from pain and heartache to acceptance and healing.
Take the hand of the Grief Navigator, begin healing today!