It’s been a while since I’ve written a Five Minute Friday, but when I saw this word, Savor, I knew I had to write. It was one of my suggestions for a word several weeks ago. For some reason, this idea of “savoring the moments” has pressed in on me.
I’m working on going through my mom’s house getting it ready to sell and all the memories have been flooding my thoughts recently. This dress, this jacket, this purse, this tie, the precious things I never realized made the memories from a day gone by. There have been many tears and smiles as I think of the moments shared with those that brought me into this world. It makes me wonder, looking back, about the moments I’ve had with my own legacies …. did I truly take time to “savor” the days, the moments when I could? Did I truly look at the good or the bad and rest and relish, savor, where I was in those moments of time?
Back in the day, as a young mom, I was just trying to keep my head above water most days. Feeding, cleaning, training, teaching was my focus and my mission…but did I “savor” those days, those moments? Now, I see that I need to take the time to sit and savor, to stop the rush of the season of life and notice…where God has me, what He is teaching me, who He wants me to take time with, what joys or trials that are standing right in front of me.
Life used to be much slower. Now we live in an era of microwaves and fast food, energy drinks and express living…next day delivery! Waiting in anticipation is a lost art! Immediate gratification sets in and then we are off to the next thing! Seldom is there a sitting and savoring of not only food, but of conversations, relationships, of “getting to know you” and even moments of hurt and unkind actions….we just keep moving forward and not staying in the moment to see God working through “all things”.
Recently, it’s been my prayer that I would take a mental second or two to just “savor” where I am….where God has me….to make a mental note of the experience and the people and the place I am in. Even if it is riding in the car with my most favorite person, to savor this time, this place, this conversation and to…give thanks.
What moments can you sit and savor in your day today? Have you given yourself the opportunity to savor the place that God has set you in this time of life and in this day of hurried-ness? May I encourage you to pull back from the rush and take time to savor this joy or this sadness in life….and then give thanks.