Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday Afternoon Tea
There is a gentle snowfall outside reflecting the quiet of the forest... only broken by the rare car or pickup truck driving on the narrow county road. The silence reflects my need for pondering and reflection after the glitz and glitter of Christmas.
The season of Advent (for me) is all about anticipation. This year it actually began with the rustic colors of autumn offering breath taking beauty... through Thanksgiving and birthdays... into the time of Advent... and Christmas Day... all bringing sensory overload (even if in a good way).
We come to the week between Christmas and New Years Day. Most of my life I've considered this week as separate from any other week of the calendar... the in-between days when most of our normal schedule is set aside as we are tucked between two significant holidays.
It is not uncommon for me during these days to ponder what has been left on the highways and byways of my life this past year. Both that which didn't matter and those parts of my life that circumstances left of no further importance and those parts of my life which were of significant importance but I let slide off my daily routine as a result of laziness or lethargy... or most often choosing the urgent while letting the "good" die a slow death in the midst of busy-ness.
Just as His mercies are new every morning, He gives us a fresh calendar every year to revisit our internal "due north" and put our lives back on track for the purpose for which He created us. This is symbolized externally as we hang up a new calendar, take pen to paper in a journal with clean and unwritten pages, and ponder where we have been and where we are going.
While the Bible tells us are are "fearfully and wonderfully made", our Creator also understand we are "formed of dust"... in other words, the spirit is willing but the flesh is often weak. Sigh...
So, being a pondering type person... this "in-between" week is perfect for thinking back on this past year and placing back in my daily basket those items in which the flesh won the struggle between the important and wanting to do things my way. Also, those parts of my life which were lost to the urgent and need to be picked up, dusted off and shined, and placed back in the basket. The spiritual version of pushing that "reset" button.
I will also pray and ponder the coming year and that which must be new to the basket. Perhaps a needed skill to be learned, books to read, habit to form, or finally saying "yes" to something in my life He has been wanting in which I have only given a "maybe" in the past.
I love this in-between week. I will do my best (as daily "gotta do's allow) to become quiet and ponder and pray and plan and read and write and just... think. Knowing full well that all desires and plans will be set at His feet in prayer to bless what He wants me to accomplish and receive wisdom for the "setting aside" of the good for the best. Wisdom often provided one moment and one day at a time throughout the next year.