We say a good deal in this space about overcoming because there are any number of health problems, relationship conflicts, financial challenges, and sundry other matters that threaten to push us back, press us down or just generally rob us of life. We need words, perspectives, thoughts and truths that help us continue and overcome. There is a lot heavy lifting for us.
But it occurs to me that sometimes we don't so much need another plan for overcoming as we need to just stop, breathe, and be thankful. Sometimes instead of focusing on winning a victory, we need to celebrate what we already have. And give some thought to this: There may be times when we don't so much need to pray for greater faith for the battle as we need to pray for the stillness to let God's present blessings just soak in.
I hope this is clear. In the spirit of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to charge the hill and a time to sit quietly; a time to say, "Yes, the problem...but God" and a time to say, "God, you have greatly blessed me;" a time for leaning into our pain and a time for luxuriating in generous grace.
You have probably learned something about the wisdom of taking breaks, but we may need to apply it. Some of us have been heroically involved in a struggle for a long while. We continue to go to the well to find the power to keep moving, But we need some breaks. More specifically, we need to take some breaks. No, we don't have the luxury of stopping the world for a moment so we can step off, but we do have the ability to slow down our minds and remember that there is a plan and a planner who is with us all the way.
In the middle of the whirlwind, we can rejoice.
Go ahead. Take that kind of break.