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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Learning to Stop
As I was running the other day, I realized I was learning a new habit. It has taken time but it's been well worth it.
I love to run. I've been running since I was in junior high. It's my time alone with God and my thoughts as well as a way I love to exercise.
I'm also a creature of routine. I read my Bible in the same place every morning. I don't offer myself many choices for lunch. I choose the times when I want to stray from the path.
On top of that, I'm task oriented. I see what needs to be done and I get focused on that end. When I run, I don't stop. I might slow down but I can't stop, because that would mean I couldn't finish the run. And I refuse to accept that.
These two qualities help me in some ways. But they hurt me in other ways. I don't do well with stopping in life. I rarely stop and smell the roses. It's hard for me to stop and listen to God.
One day I broke out of the routine. I was running and I allowed myself to stop.
I actually stopped.
Of course, I had to do a lot of convincing of myself to get to that point. I knew it would be better for me, but I was afraid people might see me and think that I couldn't finish my run.
So I stopped. And I saw a stream. I prayed for the living waters of God's Holy Spirit to flow through me like I watched the water flow down the stream.
Ever since that day, I stop at the stream and I pray.
The other day I realized I have come full circle. I have gotten out of the routine and developed a new habit. I don't think I could run by the stream now and not stop and pray.
I wonder where are the other places in my life where God wants me to stop, break the routine and start a new habit. Where are the places God wants to break in and speak into my life?
I might actually have to get out of some more of my routines. I shudder to think of it. But I'm also excited about who God is making me to be.