Last night, after weathering a trying day, our family decided to take a drive around the neighborhood for a change of scenery with an eventual destination of Chick-fil-a and the promise of a milkshake. As we pulled up to the restaurant, we were deflated to find out that they had closed up for the evening. We settled for some leftover birthday cake back at home. As we pulled closer and closer to our house, we noticed that less and less lights were on, and we soon found out that a huge pine tree had toppled over down the street from us. With no damage to homes or people, it had taken out the power lines for our block and several others.
No electricity. No lights. No internet. No wifi. No news. No social media. No Netflix.
We enjoyed chocolate cake by candlelight as Margaret Ann read a chapter of Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place to us.
Then we all went to bed. And for the first night in many nights, the majority of our household savored a full evening’s rest . . . until the power roared back to life about 5 a.m. and the dog freaked out and alarm clocks blared out music and all the lights glowed once again!
But for those few hours it was great to stop the barrage of information, “entertainment”, distraction, and stoked-up restlessness. It felt like God’s kindness to stop us in our tracks and relieve us of the pace that we are trying to keep.
We are praying for health for everyone and certainly under that broad umbrella are mental, emotional, and spiritual wholeness and shalom, too.
Leonard Sweet articulated a series of questions for personal inventory, that I am calling: “A Set of Leading Questions for Dignity and Agency”:
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
- What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
- How am I getting outside today?
- How am I moving my body today?
- What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
If you are losing your mind and losing the assurance of Christ’s active care for you, please let me or the elders or someone at church know so that we can listen, understand better, and pray. It would be an honor to do so.
Lastly, I am linking to some things of beauty and instruction that have been tremendous sources of grounding calm for me over the past few days. Enjoy!
- 6-year-old Miumiu bringing simple joy through bossa nova guitar and singing.
- Justin Earley’s clear, accessible instruction for how love of neighbor can thrive in this season.