Receive Grace to be Graceful
While the past two days of this work week has passed by so swiftly than I expected, I am pausing tonight to go back into the silence before sleep. The moment where I commit to rekindling the moments where I discover the places of joy tucked between the busy hours or the day's work.
#160. The call to pray before our meeting acknowledging the presence of God #161. Protected by God's peace the whole day despite work issues. #162. The momentum rolling with newly discovered opportunities. #163. My parents' appreciation and interested in what I've been writing of late. #164. The delight of my parents as they learn how to use iMessage. #165. Rekindling the dream of building art foundations.
Last Sunday I was anxious to experience the possibility of encountering so many unresolved issues that have piled up while I was away. And though they continue to exist, I am wrapped in a place of peace. Steadily keeping my eyes on Him, the Giver of peace.
I realize that keeping a slow and steady pace is important in keeping my heart in a restful place. To be unperturbed of what clamours for attention takes a certain discipline of not being troubled. Reacting in a troubled way at the onset shatters the quiet and robs the moment of the grace that is present.
I listened to what may have been issues that continue their cycle. Matters that needed to be fixed. Deliverables that needed following up. Resources that needed to be immediately bought. Communication that was misunderstood. But I listened, attentively. Admitting to myself that nothing I can do at the moment will ease the intensity of anxiety in the situation. Waiting and thinking. Praying about the right thing to do. Flowing in an unforced rhythm.
I found grace today and it is true, that when you receive grace (by yielding to the fact that not everything is within your control and that's okay) you become graceful to others.