And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship…" --Gen. 41:51a
Our compulsiveness about our work in this world can sometimes distort our priorities. What is most essential and significant in life is forgotten in the face of the energy and time given to toil. Our families and the events that mark the wonder of the relationships we share in those families can be compromised when we have given too much of ourselves to our work. We try to fit in the birthday parties, the soccer games, the social dinners, but we can find ourselves merely going through the motions, stressed and anxious about getting on with the next task that stands like a sentry before us.
Then, something extraordinary occurs in that family. Our spouse announces she is pregnant, our child tells us that a wedding date has been set, our closest friend has just given birth to twins, and suddenly we simply forget – we forget the work that had seemed so important just a moment ago. Our mind takes flight and charges our emotions with excitement. It may not last long, but we are, for a space of time, completely enveloped by what truly is the most essential in our lives – the relationships we have been given to share. When we pay attention to those relational moments we are catapulted into astonishment and our priorities seem righted without the slightest effort.
O God, give me a heart willing to be encompassed by the transitions in life that are the thin places of holiness.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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