How to Pause your Life with Thanks

It was a morning of rush. A missed alarm, three kids to dress, two lunches to make, and a mama in a tale spin.  The clock was going to win, hands down.  The thought brushed past me gently, as I rushed madly around the kitchen.

Give in. Breath deep and give in to the day.   

I stopped abruptly to consider what I had just heard within.  Can I do that? Will the merry-go-round of life simply halt because I say stop? It seemed like an absurd idea.

The kids were moving slower than usual, and my patience running rapidly out of sight. So I took a chance. I breathed deep. I stopped the school bus with my right arm and the morning schedule with my left.  A simpler endeavour when you’re the driver 🙂

We eat pancakes with real maple syrup around the table. We laugh about silly things. The morning switched from the Amazing Race to the Brady Bunch with no commercials.  As breakfast was wrapping up, our six-year-old unveils his latest reason for adventure.  A treasure map with pencil traveling in every possible direction on the paper. He invites us to join him to find “the greatest treasure of all”.

Hands and table still sticky, we follow his directions. Captain Eli in the lead, followed by Princess Emmi the Brave, and Sir Isaac carried in arms –  off we go to find gold. Over, under, around and through, to the coffee table and beyond.  With each step, we are reminded by our leader what an incredible gift awaits us.

A sudden halt and we arrive where the X marks the spot.  Crouching under the  harvest table together, we’re met by a surprising end to the adventure. A simple carving of a young mom and dad cradling an infant, that usually rests on the piano.

I catch the eye of his tender heart and wide smile. Head tilted to the side, he places the wooden figures in my palm with gentleness and says,

“Look, Mom! It’s the baby that saved the whole world. He’s the greatest treasure of all!”

Breath in.  Breath deep with emotion.  Breath out with thanks. 

I pull him close and whisper, “Oh Eli, you’re right. You led us to the best treasure in life.”  We pause. We give thanks. Time hasn’t won the day after all.

The moment is marked, with an X on my heart.  A reminder that to pause is precious, and to give in is a gift.  What I would have missed today, had it been up to me.

Happy “Give Thanks” to you today. May you experience the love of the One who calls you His own, and pours His blessings over you.  May you embrace the pause moments with joy and find greater reasons for gratitude.

~ Sue Broshear

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