On Monday’s my friend Gary Barkalow sends out a quote from his book It’s Your Call. Yesterday’s post was so good. It is well worth expanding, sharing, dissecting.
“We can work so hard for understanding in our circumstances that we lose the purpose and experience of it, not to mention God’s presence within it. Understanding comes to us more fully after the event, upon reflection; so what we must do during the event is stay fully engaged.” – From, It’s Your Call, by Gary Barkalow
Our world is so fast paced. A friend recently lost a job over night. Basically it was a “wait, I can’t log into my laptop” kind of quick. A whole division was shut down.
It is in moments like these where we quickly sprint to “what is next”, How will I pay…”, “why did this happen”.
Before we jump to questions, these times are great opportunities to check in on our life pace, state of mind, relationships.
Take other shakeups, ones that involve greater grief. A loss of life will change everything. Do we really give ourselves time to process?
Really any sudden change requires much of us. We can choose to stop. Stop trying to understand. We can let it hit us fully. Roll over us with each wave of emotion. We don’t let it wreck us or fall apart, useless to those who need us, but we do allow ourselves to be engaged to the hurt, relief, betrayal and everything else we are experiencing.
Even though circumstances like these are difficult they are also grow us. They expose what we are made of.