One morning last week I was out for a run. It was a gorgeous day but very muggy. I was struggling on the hills and really hoping for some cool breeze or a light mist. None of those were happening but I just kept trucking along.
Often times I have weak moments at some point. Moments that I tell myself this was a terrible idea or moments when I just want to stop and walk the rest of the way home.
But just like in life as a mother or a wife or a friend we all have those moments. Moments where we think it would be easier to quit. Moments when we just don’t feel like we’re making any progress. Moments of feeling defeated.
We don’t just stay there in those moments though. We push ahead. We push past all the crappy thoughts in our brain. We push past all the lies of defeat. And we move on
That what I do when I’m running. There’s rarely a time when I run that I haven’t wanted to quit but I don’t listen to the garbage in my brain. I just put one foot in front of another and move on.
As I was running last week and praying (which usually goes hand in hand for me) I gazed up and the sunlight was streaming through the trees in such a brilliant way that it seemed to sparkle and almost take my breath. I had to stop. I had to have a picture. There’s no way I could let that beauty pass me by.
So I stopped for a few moments and snapped a few pictures of the brilliancy and wonder.
Do you know what happened immediately afterwards? The trees started raining down on me. They just let loose of the rain they had collected the night before. And I ran as they sprinkled lightly over my sweaty flesh and provided the cool down I craved.
It was, as if, because I paused and took in the moment and really breathed it in and appreciated. Then and only then did God let loose the blessing from above, the pure goodness of his love.
Too often I forget to do this in life.
Chaos, temper tantrums and petty arguments cloud my vision. And I forget to just pause and take in the beauty beyond the noise. Have you ever thought about what it might be like behind the chaos if you were just to pause and reel it in?
Suddenly I’m lost within your beauty. Caught up in the wonder of your touch. Here in this moment I surrender to your love. You’re everywhere I go if I just stop and breathe it in.
I’m so glad I paused and enjoyed the beauty of that moment or I wouldn’t have seen what was on the other side.
living. life. paused.
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