The past several months have been a whirlwind of activity for me. From returning home from an overseas deployment, readjusting to “normal” life, and planning a wedding, I’ve been on the go more than I’ve been home. However, as the big day draws near and family comes in, I’ve been reminded of the need to take it slow and let God work out the details.
When I picked up my spiritual parents from the airport, we went down to Colorado Springs for the weekend. For me, it was a chance to spend a couple days with them, away from the chaos my life had been the past several months. I knew I needed to slow it down, I had felt the need for some time, but the opportunity had seemed to elude me. This was my intentional get away in order to relax before the Big Day arrived.
One of our stops while in Colorado Springs was the World Prayer Center at New Life Church. As we walked in, I was immediately hit by the powerful presence of my Abba Father. I immediately since my soul begin to quiet as I found a spot on the floor to sit. However, it took me a few minutes to find the words for what God wanted me to pray. Having trouble fully relaxing, I got up and walked around for a few minutes, admiring the flags of the nations, finding the ones of the countries I had been to and letting my spirit pray for me. I went back to the chairs that overlooked the mountains outside and sat down, seeing myself sitting down on Abba’s lap and feeling His arms embrace me as I closed my eyes.
“Little One, it’s okay to slow down.”
I heard Him whisper to me and tears began to form as I was overwhelmed in His presence. I spent the rest of our time there just resting in His presence. I looked out at the mountains in front of me, reminded of the blessing to live in the midst of His wonderful creation, the daily reminders of the power and grace of the God of the universe who loves me more than I can begin to imagine.
Leaving my car with them, I got back home and was forced to slow it down because I could no longer drive. I walked and rode my bike, looking around me and seeing things clearly for the first time in months. In the midst of my chaos, I had forgotten the blessing of where I live and the sites I daily get to see. But now, being forced to slow down, I’m able to let the time with God at the World Prayer Center sink in even deeper. My prayer is to never forget, or take for granted, where I am and what God has brought me through. Slow me down just enough to take it all in and sink it deep into my heart. Plant my roots deep by streams of living water.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” – Psalm 1:3, ESV