I wonder what it means when one finds herself responding -- audibly, no less -- to the automated female voice at the self-checkout, "Oh! I know what you mean! Take your time... I sooo relate!"
"Start where you are," they say.
And I smile. And sigh. Because I'm in a season of bliss. And there's so much I want to share. And I hardly know where to begin.
LeRoy -- ever my biggest fan, unwavering encourager -- tells me, "Share ALL of it. Don't leave anything out." I smile, begin making a mental list: the precious babies we pray for... the ones we loved and cuddled, fed and changed, while in Africa; day trips... such as the one to Strasbourg, France; my new friends who came to my door a couple of months ago and asked if they could do a Bible Study with me (...as if I would say no!); endlessly fascinating (albeit, somewhat brain-frying) studies in kinesiology and biomechanics (who knew!); besides more...
Two words I'm processing these days... autonomy and corporate. What comes to your mind when you hear those words? As in, "Type I [Intrinsic motivation] behavior emerges when people have autonomy over the four T's: their task, their time, their technique, and their team." (Daniel H. Pink, Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, pg. 94) And corporate as in, "Christianity is intensely corporate. Christianity is a life lived out among a body of believers who know Christ together as Lord and Savior." (Frank Viola & George Barna, Pagan Christianity, pg.191)
And I'm mulling over how no matter what, His faithful presence sustains me, pursues me, inspires me. Revives me. No matter how distracted I am or how long it takes for me to process moments and information throughout the day... He is faithful! No. matter. what. Patient. Never changing. Always reliable. And how He fills in all the gaps with His grace and mercy. Faithfully. "But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." Psalms 86:15 (NIV)
How about you? What are you mulling over... processing... these days?