We all have hard seasons in our lives. In these desert places, sometimes there is some thing we are waiting for and want, like a career change or people to connect with. Or, there is some thing we are living with that we don’t want, like illness or a difficult relationship. We hope and pray things change quickly. But when it doesn’t, how can we live and love well in that season?
I’ve been thinking about how God is life-giving in the midst of stress, suffering, and the various hard things we often experience. Jeremiah 17:5-8, the “parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land” makes me think of alkali flats, an area near my home.
“Better is a handful with quietness…” caught my heart as I read Ecclesiastes. It speaks of contentedness, of saying “enough.” One hand is full, while there is still the reality of another hand that is empty. But the focus is on the “handful.” And by saying “enough” comes the gift of quietness and contentedness.
“Better is a handful of quietness, than two hands full of toil and striving after the wind.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:6 (ESV)
Years ago, before I knew Richard, a gal from church and I took swing dance lessons at the YMCA. It was great fun! We learned the basic triple step, when to spin, and the foundations for swing dancing. On the last night they brought in advanced dancers to dance with us.
I knew the basic steps. And I could follow. That was about it!
And that was enough for it to be amazing following in the dance as the guy I was partnered with led me in swing dancing. I could follow his lead, and trust that he knew the steps, and even experienced the thrill of being flipped in the air!
In recent years, I have heard God whisper into my heart, “May I have this dance?”