Taking time to be in the moment, to enjoy the moment, to live and love in the moment. Remembering that the journey is often more  enjoyable than the destination. The view of each fleeting blessing is too often blocked by pain. We trudge along with downcast eyes, oblivious to the prospect of beauty before us.

In an effort to escape rejection’s ache, we pick up the pace, running faster and faster, crushing in our hurry the wistful yearnings of a child, the tentative outreach of a friend, even our own passions and dreams. “The hurry makes us hurt. And maybe it is the hurt that drives us on? For all our frenzied running seemingly toward something, could it be that we are in fact fleeing–desperate to escape the pain that pursues?” Ann Voskamp

Time on the mat is time to be in the moment. Time to acknowledge the pain, sit with the pain, breathe into the pain, and finally, gradually, begin to release the pain. Time on the mat is when we begin to forgive and accept the forgiveness already freely poured out on us (Matthew 10:8).

We all need to process the past, the hurt, the memories that haunt our day and disrupt nights fragile attempts at sleep. Processing does not happen in the midst of flight. Processing happens when we sit at the feet of Jesus, giving back to Him the burdens we bear, trusting Him to carry the heavy load, claiming, in faith, His Freedom (Psalm 55:22).

Relationships, with God and with others, happen in the now, not in some nebulous, perfected future. Unfolding instead of running. Allowing the wounded, scarred, camouflaged layers to be peeled back. Permitting the love of God to flow in and through us, cherished children created in His image. To allow ourselves to walk in the light and be truly known. The pain is released. We are no longer pursed by pain but freed by love.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

(This post was originally published on my other site, praisestretchpraisebreathe.wordpress.com. The mysterious, disappearing content means 3 posts are resurfacing here).