Monday, April 11, 2011

Pause Game!

I passed by, then slowed, turned into a gas station parking lot and turned around.
I had somewhere to go but I had time to stop.
It wasn't planned.
I made a u-turn and found a moment that I desperately needed.

I stopped for the flowers.

I could have kept going. I drive by weekly. Today, I stopped.

I thought I stopped for the flowers. It was really for an unhurried moment. I walked away with flowers but held a moment in my memory I won't soon forget.

We got out of the car and walked through the U-pick flower beds, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. My daughter picked a flower and laughed. She said it smelled like popcorn...because popcorn is yellow, too.

We held hands. I picked her up and spun her around. The sun was bright. We soaked up each other's love.

It was a moment. I need more moments like that.

I do not want throw my energy away in haste, with little to show for my efforts. I do not want to let myself sink under the weight of the worries of each day.

I must make time for the moments that matter.

~ I often listen in as my kids are playing and invariably I will hear one of them say, "Pause game! Pause game!" It is usually when the person calling for a pause wants to make a change in what they are playing (or, sometimes, they simply need to go to the bathroom). I was reminded today that I need "Pause game!" moments. ~

Matthew 6:27-29
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.


sharon said...

So glad you had the sunshine, flowers and your beautiful little girl. What a wonderfully precious moment!

Leslie said...

How enriched would all our lives be if we could talk ourselves into "pausing" more often - especially if the pausing included great things like a beautiful, sweet child and gorgeous flowers?!? Good for you and thanks for the reminder.

Pam said...

One of my absolute favorite posts of yours, Jane Anne. So well-written and such a good lesson for me as well. Thank you!