GROWING UP, WE CALLED MY MOM THE “FIDDLER”. IT SEEMED THAT WHENEVER WE TRIED TO SIT DOWN TO WATCH A MOVIE OR EAT DINNER, SHE FIDDLED WITH THE DISHES, THE LAUNDRY, HER HAIR. AFTER WAITING 20 MINUTES, SHE WOULD SAY, “JUST GO AHEAD…START WITHOUT ME”. WHICH WOULD FOLLOW WITH IMPATIENT REMARKS FROM HER LOVELY CHILDREN. 🙂
This afternoon, I found myself in a place that I’ve been countless times before. I sat down to connect with Jesus, but I couldn’t connect. An hour went by before I truly felt myself zone into the place I wanted to be. Why did it take that long? Because recently I’ve let myself become the Queen of Fiddling.
The Holiday’s brought plenty of joy and awesome family time, without a doubt. Although, it made for very little quiet time. I was like a gerbil caught in it’s wheel, for crying out loud; Traveling, activities, visitors, gifts, food, and Christmas movies. All of which had me spinning non-stop. This week, things began to calm down but for some reason I couldn’t remember how to get off my “wheel”. The moment I sat down for peace and quiet…I pulled out my phone to all the goodies a screen could offer:
Emails, Texts, FaceBook, Instagram, Snap Chat, wishful vacation shopping on GroupOn, ETC.
After some time, I threw my phone down and closed my eyes trying to clear my mind and let God speak to me. This is what I had originally sat down to do while the boys napped. Elijah began to cry and at once I blamed my wasted time on my crying 18 month old. I comforted him, then let him cry it out hoping he’d fall back asleep.
I turned my attention to the Bible, and Eli’s cry became background noise.
Ah-ha! That’s it…
Connection to our dreams, goals, priorities and God easily become drowned out by time-consuming fiddles.
Think of someone who has lost their vision. Since there is nothing to be seen, they have an immaculate taste of the other senses. They hear whispers, smell smells, taste tastes, feel the feels better than any seeing person ever could.
ARG! How frequently I cave to entertainment where I don’t let myself have a quiet moment to think. It’s awkward to do nothing. One must look at a screen to be comfortable. *Rolls eyes* You know how it goes…The phone comes out:
In the waiting room.
On the bus.
In line at the grocery store.
In-between commercials on T.V.
In the bathroom.
When do we give ourselves time to think?!
It is little distraction by little distraction, that the presence of God becomes our background noise.
There are a lot of exciting things going on around us. New inventions, a plethora of entertainment and activities–There’s always something to do. If there isn’t, we go stir crazy because of our heightened sense of pleasure. It’s become instilled in us that we always need to be doing something, never settling, always going…otherwise we are bored. For some reason, the quietness is scary to us. It’s foreign. But that my friends is where we find the Lord. That’s where we see Him, when we seek him in the quiet. The quiet is also where our dreams develop. It’s where our passions come alive when we give them room to grow. And where our priorities become appropriately aligned.
It starts with, well, starting! It you allow yourself to sit, with nothing to get side tracked with, you’ll see progress. Just begin. Begin to open up space for your mind to be comfortable with the quietness.
Together let’s put down the fiddle and make more room for:
…our dreams to develop
…our calling and passion to flourish.
…our knowledge of God to expand
…God to overwhelm you with the peace and joy of His presence.
You will see yourself become more focused, level-headed and driven when you fully accept quietness into your everyday routine. It is in the seeking that we hear Him speaking.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13
“…in Him we live, move and have our being.” -Acts 17:28
Now, put down that dang fiddle.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
→Keep moving forward→