The other night when my family went to pick out our Christmas tree we experienced one of these moments. We arrived at our church and we were all excited to see what tree would come home with us. My middle daughter, 5 years old was SUPER excited. When she got to the lot she ran full speed yelling, "Christmas trees." The four or five men that were working had huge smiles on their faces and in that one or two minutes she managed to light up their night. Maybe they had a rough day, maybe they didn't really feel like standing there all night while people took their time finding a tree...but it didn't matter in those minutes because she made their night worth it. They all laughed and said, "Yay Christmas." It was really a special moment and my husband and I just glanced over at each other and smiled.
For me, these are moments of peace. No, it wasn't quiet, but it was truly special and we may never have that happen again. These are the "moments" that we need to stop and watch for. If you don't, they will quickly slip through your fingertips.
This week in Advent we focus on peace. What changes do you need to make in your life so that you can find more peace? I know I need to take more time to sit in peace during my day. I definitely get too caught up in my schedule and checking items off my to-do list that I let moments pass by. I am working hard on stopping and watching. I hope this week you can find some time to do the same.
We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do. ~Peace Pilgrim