When Life Gets Busy…

Reflection from the Choir Loft

It had been a particularly long week at work and honestly, after work I really had very little desire house.  Typically the work day spans from 5:30 AM until about 7:30 PM when I return home.  After these last few weeks of particular challenges I was already falling asleep, but there was no time for rest now.

As anyone who has been involved in the music ministry of a church knows, the preparation time that goes into the Christmas season is critical.  There are usually at least 2 rehearsals a week plus a 3rd usually before Masses.  There is all the Christmas music to prepare for the Masses, and then a Choir concert, and finally a shorter concert to prepare for before the Christmas Masses occur.  Needless to say, that is a lot of performance in a short period of time.

That is just a little background to say that we have just begun entering into the extra rehearsal time needed to get things in shape for this season.   We arrived at the church and we had to wait until the other choir was done rehearsing before our rehearsal could begin.    We socialized with the other members who slowly showed up and started talking.

Finally, it was our turn to begin rehearsing.  We began and since some were having challenges getting the music perfected, the director started working with those people, which left time for me to sit.

As I was waiting, I sat and began to meditate on the Cross, and on the Lord.   I began to pray and shared with God how very much I would love to come into His presence and just sit in solitude, in the quiet.   Maybe just for an hour or two, laying bare all of the things that ran through the mind, the heart, and life in general.    As I was sitting in that reverie, I was so exausted that I could barely keep my eyes open, and very shortly after I started to get lost in my meditation and prayer, my attention was pulled back quickly into the rehearsal I was there to perform.
While getting pulled back into the music it caused me to pause and consider how much this experience is like most of life.
We are so very busy with our day to day lives, particularly in todays world where our jobs demand more and more of our time, and efforts.  It can even be when we are not at work, that we spend a vast amount of time conisdering what is going on there, or what needs to be done the next time we are supposed to be there.  Technology that takes up a vast amount of time even when not at work.

It is easy, to get drawn into the need to be plugged in, to be connected to the electronic world. Computers, Cell Phones, Television all with a dizzying array of options to keep you occupied and entertained.  Distracted from the world going on around us.

Just like all other things in life, there comes a quiet time, when there is a pause in the noise, in the distractions.  In the quiet, when we are able to pause and hear our own thoughts, our own prayers, and there in the quiet, is the voice oF God.  That small quiet voice, that is calling us to Him.  Inviting us to spend time with Him.

After a time, and just as quickly life intrudes on our time. trying to force its way in.  Sometimes it is true that this can not be helped.  It is not a change from God… God does not change.  It is a change in the world, our lives, our schedules. The challenge is that we have to recognize the challenge of time and distractions, for making the time for God.

Even when our lives are busy, there are short periods of time where we have time to make time, to bring God into our lives, to invite Him in.  It is not that we have to invite Him for him to see, it is to enter into the relationship, to spend the time, to offer the time in sacrifice of our day, and of our lives.   It is to open our hearts to receive the graces that He wants to impart.

God wants to share in our lives, he is constantly beckoning us to enter into communion with Him.  Our God is not there for just Sunday. He is there for every day, for every time, for every season in our lives.  If we seek God.  If we seek him in our lives, and in the lives of others, He will be present.

Possibly you find yourself in some situation where you sit in wonder about why it is that God has you in some particular situaiton.   In nearly every circumstance, the answer is this:  To enter into communion with Him through the people who are in that circumstance with you, either bring Christ to others in the situation, to receive Christ through others in the situation, or to share Christ with others who are not in the situation, but who may be watching the situation unfold.

You may feel like the situation seems impossible to deal with.  I offer you this to ponder, and you will know that nothing is impossible for us, for the Children of God.

” What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we are being slain all the day;

we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things,* nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,* nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:36)

May God give you the gift of His peace !

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