Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wait Up!!!!

I forget where I heard this little story, but I think of it often:

There once were Western missionaries who went to minister to a primitive culture. I forget what the specific objective was--it might have been finding a certain village or clearing the ground for an airstrip--but the missionaries and some of the natives had several days to travel through the jungle. The natives were in favor of a leisurely pace, but the Westerners wanted to get there in three days, not four, so they pushed relentlessly onward, until the natives sat down on a log and refused to go a step further. "We need to wait," they said, "for our souls to catch up to our bodies."

The past couple of weeks, I've been panting to keep up with my life. It seems I've just had an unusual number of time-consuming responsibilities and commitments that are above and beyond my usual ones.

And somewhere, in all the busy-ness of mind and body, my soul has lagged behind. I feel anxious, emotional, and stressed. I read the Scriptures and I pray, but it isn't "sinking in" so well, as my mind quickly turns from one pressure-filled task to the next.

I haven't had time to spend writing, either, which for me is a reflective activity which helps my mind and heart communicate. I am not always in touch with my emotions until I start writing, which is why journalling has always been a big part of my prayer life.

So that's why I'm writing this post instead of designing Charlotte's Web makeup, assigning makeup committee members and recruiting volunteers to do 26+ animal faces before each show, and drafting an email telling all the human characters what to do with their hair, eyeshadow, etc. Oh, and buying more makeup and calling friends who still haven't bought tickets. The first dress rehearsal is in 9 days!

This is the fun stuff though. I'm glad my plate is finally cleared enough to be able to give it my attention. I just wish I could have started on it earlier....

I really work better at a hen's pace.

4 comments:

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tonia said...

waiting for my soul to catch up to my body...

yes, I feel that way often.

You are dear, do you know that? I enjoy you. :)

At A Hen's Pace said...

Tonia--

Likewise, friend.

;)

Jeanne

Linds said...

Yep, I love the need to let my soul catch up with my body bit too. It makes perfect sense.