Hi there, Adrienne here,
Last week I was busy doing some work at home, I turned to ﬁnd something I needed and couldn’t see it anywhere, even though I knew it was close.
As I searched among all the items in my garage, I laughed and said to my friend, “Well I am just going to pretend I don’t need it”, then I will ﬁnd it. We both laughed because of the old saying, when you’re not looking for something you will ﬁnd it. We moved onto another job where the item wasn’t necessary. As I began to focus my attention on another project, all of a sudden I saw what I had previously been looking for.
It wasn’t about the game I played of pretending to not need something, it was the fact that I was so intense upon my search for the answer, I could not see it right in front of me. It was only when I relaxed and stepped back from my intense search, I saw it.
Life can get busy with so many diverse things happening at once, it could be described like my garage, “full of stuﬀ”.
Often times in this busy-ness, we look for answers, we know they are there, but we can’t see them.
I want to encourage everyone, that sometimes the best way to ﬁnd what we are looking for, is to take a step back, breathe deeply and relax.
“Taking in the full landscape of our life in a relaxed way, will often reveal needed details and hidden answers to complete the whole picture”.
There is a story in the bible about Ishmael’s mother, Hagar. She thought her and her son would die from thirst in the desert, but we are told that God caused her to see beyond her present distress to the answer. As she took a breath and looked up, she saw a well of water that was there to whole time.
There is no doubt that life can be distressful even cruel, seemingly hopeless or just busy, with no answers to be seen. Maybe at times like this, we take a step back, look up and see what is present that had escaped our eyes previously.
Stress, fear, anxiety and intensity can blind us to the obvious and make the journey more diﬃcult than it needs to be.
God Bless you all,