Lent is a good time to intentionally slow down. I don’t mean slowing down because you’re stuck in traffic, I mean choosing to find some time to leave the traffic behind. Many of us operate at a frenetic pace. We have to go from one thing to another to get it all done. This is especially true of families with young children. Children are a 7/24 responsibility.
What most of us call “downtime” is essential for our mental and spiritual health. Jesus withdrew from the crowds in order to pray and recover.
Mark 1:35. It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.
Luke 5:16. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
When we give ourselves the gift of withdrawing, stopping our frenetic pace to sit down and just stop, we can finally connect with God. For those of us who no longer have the responsibility of young children, we can give that gift to parents. We can offer to be with children even for just a 30 minute period. Any time period can be refreshing.
How do we slow ourselves down? How can we help others let go and relax? How can we give each other those Jesus moments?