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Nov-23-09

Thoughts from the Parking Lot- week 1

posted by mrsnunar

Matthew 11:28-30(MSG)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I have been taking the time during the week to be silent with God each morning after turning off my car in the parking lot. This was spurred by my need to ask God to bless the day and be with me as I venture into the tough unknown that is the Urban Elementary School. At first the enemy tried to entice me with focusing on who was looking at me sitting there, and who I could show what a good Christian I was being, but I got past that and now just sit quietly with my head bowed and my heart open to what God has to tell me. I’ve been hearing things. Mostly the calm call to patience and to wait out the storm that is brewing in my life right now. That the tough times I am facing are not met alone, that He is with me holding me in his hand. Who knows if this is just me making it up, but I have to believe that thoughts don’t just “pop” into your head without cause, and it’s calming to know that it might just be a higher power that is guiding and nurturing me.

I have thought a lot about Jesus and the manger scene this week too. I thought about the wise men and shepherds coming to Jesus’ side at the manger, watching him rest and be still and silent. And just being there with him. They had to wait a few years for him to grow up, but they knew that he was meant for the hope of the hope of the world and that patience is what I need to have right now. The hope and patience that I am meant for great things in God’s time. That my own kids and my students are too. And that all that matters right now is that I rest with him and be still. He says, “Be still and know that I am God”. I’m going to continue to come to the manger and “keep company” with him as the Christmas season rapidly approaches. I will be reflecting on the moments that I have each week and I hope that by the new year I will have experienced more peace and rest that will allow me to learn to live more freely and lightly. I invite anyone who is reading to come along on this parking lot journey to the manger with me and to experience the stillness and rest that only can come through our Savior, Jesus.

Take care and God Bless,

Sarah

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