Stop. Breathe. Listen.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NKJV
This week we experienced the coldest day on record this winter here in the Midwest. Tiny unexpected snowflakes are floating on the frigid breeze, giving way to larger goose feathers coming down. Unexpected.
You see, I am from the balmy south where a polar vortex will not reach. I am more than a little outside my comfort zone today. And I would like to tell you it’s only about the weather, but it’s not. I have a feeling you know what I am talking about. Right now, I have more questions about my life than I have answers. This is a season where the unexpected has been the norm.
So I sit here looking at this snowglobe, picture postcard, and I have a choice to make. I want to fuss and fret over the negative degree wind chill factor. I want to obsess over driving conditions because I have to get on the road today…. But there is a still small voice. It is the voice of my Maker saying, “Slow. Down. Don’t miss this. Breathe in deeply. Get lost in the wonder, the beauty. Appreciate the warmth of the heated building you are in. Listen to My voice, I am a Good Shepherd, and I want a stolen moment with you. Let Me enjoy you. Right here, right now.
You are not at a resort in the mountains, curled up by a fire. But you have the One who made those mountains, and the fire of His love right here in your heart. Stop. Breathe. Listen.” Dear One, there is a Man looking for your attention. He is the God-Man Christ Jesus. Lean into Him in your delay, in your unexpected. Beauty, love, and fulfillment are waiting for you there.