Five Minute Friday: Play

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “play.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

I love my job because sometimes I get to just play all day with my nanny kiddos.  There are times when I’m at the park on the sunny day, visiting the animals at the zoo, hanging out on the beach or reading book after book to them and I literally feel like I’m not even working.  How fun is that?!

The Bible says this to us about becoming like children:

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17)

So what does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a little child?  Well, children are trusting and open and honest…and they really like to play!  So I think that God desires us to learn to let go and become immersed in our rest and relaxation just as a child is totally involved in her play.

This is something I am learning this summer.  I’ve taken time off from some of the ministries I work with and from some of my other obligations as well.  I felt God telling me to just rest and lean more deeply into time with Him.

Therefore, right now for me intimacy with God looks a little like taking time to just play and relax and rejoice in the life He has given me. Maybe, just maybe, He is calling you to something that looks a little like a child at play as well.  What might that look like for you right now?

 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Five Minute Friday: Blessing

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “blessing.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

I read the following story yesterday in the book, Sabbath, by Wayne Muller.  It really made me rethink the whole idea of what I see as blessings in my life.  Enjoy:

“There is an old Taoist story about a wise man on the northern frontier of China.  One day, for no apparent reason, a young man’s horse ran away and was taken by nomads across the border.  Everyone tried to offer consolation for the man’s ill fortune, but his father, a wise man, said, ‘What makes you so sure this is not a blessing?’

Months later, his horse returned, bringing with her a magnificent stallion.  This time everyone was full of congratulations for the son’s good fortune.  But now his father said, ‘What makes you so sure this isn’t a disaster?’ Their household was made richer by this fine horse, which the son loved to ride.  But one day he fell off the horse and broke his hip.  Once again, everyone offered their consolation for his bad luck, but his father said, ‘What makes you so sure this is not a blessing?’

A year later the nomads mounted an invasion across the border, and every able-bodied man was required to take his bow and go into battle.  The Chinese frontiersmen lost nine of every ten men.  Only because the son was lame did father and son survive to take care of each other.  Truly the story reminds us, blessing turns to disaster, and disaster to blessing:  The changes have no end, nor can the mystery be fathomed.”