We took a spring camping trip for Easter Week this April. Up to a hot spring and Provincial Park, just south of the Yukon Border. There is no cell service, no corner store, no mini golf, nothing you don’t bring with you. Just the hot springs a little play ground for the kids and Gods vast wilderness.
Lately I have heard of the idea of a “Full Stop”. Just putting down what is overwhelming you and taking a step back for a moment, a hour, a day, even a season. I hear of woman having a “Year-of-Nope” and, though I love the idea, I can’t see it working for me. But Full Stop, thats perfect.
Wether its simply ending a school lesson with my kiddos before the waterworks begin or taking a year off a committee a minister or a commitment. The Full Stop is what I need to practice.
Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Now this is not a self care concept exclusively, though it may help avoid burn out or screaming at your kids and husband.
No this can have much deeper gospel implications. You see when I allow myself to step away from whatever it is I am obsessing over, or anxiously trying to control or even just cope with. I leave space for the Lord to fill the gap. I relinquish control and I rest in Gods prevision. Because the truth is there are tons of great things to say yes to. But with every Yes there is a resounding NO somewhere in my life.
When I have blindly said yes and not fully come to a stop to reflected on my choices. I miss the bigger picture and sometimes I have closed doors I haven’t even considered, because I can only walk through one at a time.
My family and I were lucky anouf to take an extended Full Stop, away from any commitments or connectivity and I came home refreshed and refocused. I felt the weight of the No I have been saying lift a bit. When I took a step back and rested and took the time to pray over Gods leading and My own longings and struggles. I heard His voice because space had been prepared, for Him to speak and for me to simply be still. So for now, I am newly resolved to listen to Gods leading, and stay focused on the Yes He is calling me to.
Also I am reassured that what has been, will be again. What I mean to say is, just because you say no to a opportunity today doesn’t mean you will never have that chance again. Good things don’t just come around once if they are your calling. It may take a wile but God is always wooing us into His grand plan, to redeem His children back to Himself. He will always have a role for you to play and a mission for you to sink into when the time is right. But until that time is here, I am practicing prudence and choosing my Yes more wisely. This is the only chance we get at today and tomorrow will have many opportunities of its own.
So Fully Stop and rest in Gods goodness and generosity. Wile you take a break He will hold down the fort, and give you room to lean in and hear His calling afresh.
Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.