There is a point when making my hot tea that I must slow down. It’s the dreaded honey drip. The viscosity and sweetness of the natural sweetener takes time. Sure I could speed it up by microwaving the gold goodness but maybe there is a lesson in the wait. The aroma of the honey wafts up as it drips into my steaming tea. It’s a moment where I have a choice to enjoy savor the moment and watch it drip or if I’m rushing I could turn the bottle over before I start my kettle and then push it out quickly. The amazing lesson is that I have to decide at the beginning of my tea process which path I’m going to take. So this slowing down takes intention and decision.
This parallels my bible time, I can soak in the word and be intentional in my time or I can set it up before I go to bed and wake up to a programmed time with God. Lately I’ve been leaning into a space where I am slow with my intention, but that isn’t always true and hasn’t always been true and won’t always be true. But when I slow down and savor the word, savor the time, and inhale the aroma of God – He always has something to tell me, to show me and to teach me. The word awakens on the page with a gold shimmer just like the slow drip of that honey.
This piece was written for Five Minute Friday, if you’re not familiar with the site I encourage you to check it out. They send out and post one word writing prompts on Thursdays. Writers are encourage to free write for 5 minutes. You’re not supposed to edit and rewrite just throw some thoughts and words on a page. As you read the above and edit with the writers eye, your grace is appreciated.
so how…. how do you take that moment to simply savour and not just quickly learn?
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Hi Annette, I’ve recently learned that I get so much more out of my time in the word if before I open my bible I breathe and I pray. If I rush into it my time with God and forget this step I’m somehow not aligned. I also find that I want to go deeper into the word and look at the original word in the Greek or the Hebrew using a software called Logos. I also enjoy reading commentaries, recently I’ve been using https://enduringword.com/
Kelly, I use to raise bees, so your picture and story of the honey drip into your tea was intriguing. I appreciate this comparison, “This parallels my bible time, I can soak in the word and be intentional in my time…Lately I’ve been leaning into a space where I am slow with my intention…But when I slow down and savor the word, savor the time, and inhale the aroma of God – He always has something to tell me, to show me and to teach me.” Yes, it is sweet to walk with a Living God who knows when we rise up and when we sit down and who is intimately acquainted with us, then shares Himself with us as we are just before Him. He is so kind.
Oh how fun to raise bees! I know that the work bees do is very important to our food supply. Thanks for stopping by, and you’re right he is so kind!