Category Archives: Down time is a gift of time for reflection.
What does God require of us?
To do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with our God.
To love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves.
According to Jesus: To even love our enemies and to forgive those who harm or kill us as he did.
These three things remain: Faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
What is faith? Is it believing what our parents taught us about God? Is it about a personal intellectual belief after questioning and seeking God? Or is it experiential like Paul’s? Does it grow into hope? Is hope the same as trust?.
Does faith open our hearts to the love of God? Does the Love of God stir the Holy Spirit within us to give us the strength of trust through the hard times? Does it free us to forgive and love not only our neighbors, but our enemies?
Is this the core of our spiritual journey, believing, trusting, loving and walking humbly with our God through whatever is asked of us in this life?
Who exemplifies this journey for you?
For me, Corrie Ten Boom does. Justice and kindness empowered by faith led her and her family to hide Jews from the Germans. Ultimately it led to them all being in concentration camps. Even after her father died, she and her sister led others in prayer in their bunkhouse. When her sister died it was a dark time for Corrie. But she survived to speak all over the world about her experience and her faith. And finally, even to forgive, when the cruel guard from their bunkhouse came up to her after a speech and asked her for forgiveness. For a moment everything in her rebelled against this, but prayer brought grace and she forgave and reconciled with the guard.
Reflecting on our personal journey can help us see these experiences of challenge and growth in our own lives. For me strength came from grace in the hard times that carried me far beyond my usual needy, weak, fearful self. I would weep and want to curl up in a fetal position and suck my thumb, but the last time years ago that I went to bed to do that, in my mind I heard the words, “Get up and do one thing. Then do another.” So, I did. And when the challenges still come, looking back shows me the footprints of Jesus walking with me and giving me a hand up when I fell.
Covid quarantine gave me time to reflect on my life and recognize the pattern. Take advantage of the hard things that give you down time. Use it well. It’s a gift. That may be what old age is all about.