loving the little things

December 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm 3 comments

I have an insane amount of work to do over the next two days and two weeks. I’m really wondering if it’s humanly possible. (The answer is yes, it is, but quality of work and sleep will likely suffer.)

But I’m refusing to be stressed about it.

A lot changes with the end of each semester – and while I’m looking forward to Christmas break, I don’t want to wish these last few days away, either. I want to really live these next few weeks.

I want to slow down the time with gratitude; by being fully present and remembering how incredibly blessed I am.

I want to love the little things: a cup of hot tea, my soft pillow, a hug.

I want to soak in the golden moments: spending a day with my roommate, studying and talking and helping her try on wedding dresses, savoring the days that we still live together. I want to appreciate beautiful music and the twinkling lights of our Charlie Brown tree.

I want to experience this season of Advent with my whole heart. Several friends have asked me to explain it to them, have not grasped why this wondrous season is my favorite. The songs in church are in minor key, they say. And why is it so special to read aloud prophesies? Shouldn’t we focus more on the joy of Christmas?

Ah, but Christmas cannot be fully joyful or fully experienced without going through the pregnancy of Advent. It’s a joyful expectation and yearning and a full acknowledgement of all that is wrong with the world and all that needs to be redeemed. It’s looking back at the waiting for Christ’s birth, His first arrival, and it’s living today, in this waiting period, and it’s looking with joyful expectancy to His second coming. It’s knowing that because He came once, He can be trusted to come again, and He will finally set things right. It’s a beautiful jumble of beauty and pain and joy and waiting and neediness.

And it’s a time to slow down, to quietly and humbly be still and know that I am God.

I’m not very good at that yet. But I’ve been filled with peace these past few days, and I think I have been able to soak in the goldenness, be grateful for the gift that is this moment of today.

And see? I’m even taking the time to write this. And the time and space to write, for fun, is a lovely thing indeed.

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Entry filed under: college, faith, inspiration, random nonsense.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BernieLuvsEllen  |  December 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Awe, this is very inspiring. You are not the only one experiencing this and because you published in online for millions to see, it shows just how strong you are!

    Reply
    • 2. overlapped  |  December 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you!! Maybe we can take time to smell the gingerbread together? 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. singamelody  |  December 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    You are in existence! And I’m glad you’re savoring every bit of life. Because you deserve the best 🙂

    Reply

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