Pregnancy Lessons: Slow Down

I didn’t think I would be using this space for pregnancy blahblahblah. There’s plenty out there already, of course, and I didn’t want to be another expectant mom saturating the world wide web with my ooo-ings and awwww-ings about this season. (No offense to do those who do talk about it – especially friends – and apologies for my pseudo-snarkiness). But, it is truly a consuming season, and I wanted to be particularly mindful about engaging a revelation I had mid-August – that is, pregnancy could potentially encourage and be a spiritual discipline for me. So, I’ll keep my reflections on these little lessons short, and start with…

SLOW DOWN.

I know, this is pretty obvious. But, these days I need that reminder more than ever. I have a tendency to almost be frantic in my daily work – my incessant typing sounds like little ants hard at work, I run up and down stairs thinking that those few extra seconds will eventually add up, and I constantly attempt to do a few projects at once because I’ve internalized the standard that “multi-tasking = productivity” though it only accentuates my obvious insanity. But, now that I have to physically slow down because I keep turning my ankle and I get so short of breath simply having a conversation, while annoying at first, it has actually been a welcome relief. These little ones growing inside of me are teaching me the spiritual discipline of being slow…quiet and thoughtful…and literally anchoring me…

“Be still, and know that I am God!” -Psalm 46