- 1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back and invite others to join in.
3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!
I'm seeing beyond the trees right in front of me.
Time away…perspective…rest, solitude.
And I'm getting a glimpse of the whole forest.
(You know what I mean: "I can't see the forest, for all the trees…" Right?)
Life has been so full, so overwhelmingly thick, I've not been able to see the bigger picture. Each day, more confusing than the last, winding deeper and deeper into a dark and endless tangle of trees and briers and weeds. There has seemed little beauty; only twisted trails, winding back again to the same paths of unending, exhausting, stumbling insanity.
And now, 24 hours into my first ever "Mommy Sabbatical"….
I'm seeing beyond.
Beyond the day-to-day tasks and schedules and commitments.
Beyond the weeks, months, years ahead of home school lessons and frenzied activities.
Beyond the momentary dailyness of motherhood.
Beyond the monthly roller-coaster of marital strife and passion.
My God, my Abba; the Creator of the forest grandeur, the Maker of the brambles and branches and skittering-unsteady ground beneath my feet…
He sees me.
Beyond the countless ways I fail my children and my husband and my friends.
Beyond the ways I hurt and ignore and forget the very Love-Maker of my soul.
I am more than the tangle of my flaws.
My life is more than the rock-strewn forest-floor of this dailyness.
Breathe. Sleep. Rest. Quiet. Listen.
Read; remember; recite His heavenly wisdom.
Walk, run, hike; see the beauty, take it in.
Sit; soak in the sunshine, the warmth of His Son.
Gradually, my vision clears, the perspective broadens…
Oh! There You are! Delighting, even in me! In these moments of rest!
And the view….!
He calls to me.
Are you so in-the-thick-of-it that you can't see beyond? What are some ways you find perspective?