This is Part 2 of Holy Habits for Headspace – read about it here.
This habit evolved out of two cappuccinos and a text message*. It’s kind of metaphorically touchy-feely / possibly cheesy, but stay with me.
So, you’re in the traffic or the shower or the still of the night, and you start asking yourself:
Am I doing the right thing? Should I be doing more? Less? Is there a right or wrong here? What’s the next thing? Should it be this hard? What’s my plan? What’s God’s plan?
The headspace habit that brings calm when you’re frantic or afraid is,
Stay in the stream.
(And you’re thinking, ‘She did say it was cheesy.’)
The stream is Christ’s love. Steady. Unremitting.
Don’t stand on the bank. Don’t stress and try too hard. Don’t envy someone else’s pool noodle. Don’t pace and wring your hands. Don’t sulk under a tree. Don’t throw in a stick and run along the bank trying to keep up, trying to see if it will float or how fast it’ll go.
Stay in the stream. Move and rest in the flow. Trust its course. If you’re in the stream you can’t miss the plan. The current is perfect and it will take you where you need to go. In the stream, time won’t race by because you’ll be in time, all the time. Life goes slowly enough when you’re really living it.
But how do you stay in the stream? What does it look like in the boardroom at 10h35 or the kitchen at 16h15 or the mirror – flossing – at 23h00?
‘I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!’ – John 15:9-11
Stay in the stream. Love Jesus. Obey Jesus because you love him. No matter what the time. No matter whom you’re with. No matter how much there is to do or how tired you are.
And this equals –
And when the rapids come (they will) there will be grace enough, in the stream.
Let nothing disturb me
Let nothing frighten me
Let nothing take away my peace
May I wait with trust, with patience,
knowing You will provide for me
I lack for nothing in You, God
You are my strong foundation
You are enough for me. – Teresa of Avila
*My friends Antoinette, Pam and Terry were responsible, respectively.
Stay in the stream pic: http://wallpapersus.com
These are words spoken, near whispered, by Father God. Calming. Delivered as the “new mercy” for a new day, thank you. I stand and stress and envy and pace and wring and sulk and throw and run. I am too often frightened. This gives me courage. Grateful.
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