I, personally know and have experienced the power presence has in and on relationships. The power of engaging, involving, and embracing the people I love the most in my life. Having experienced the power of presence I long for it every single day. I pray every single day that God keeps me focused on being who he has called me to be.
There is a struggle I also face every single day. The struggle is "to do," then do some more, topped off with do! I'm wired "to do" even though I long "to be!"
Let me explain; when I walk into the house and see a load of laundry that needs folded, another that needs dried, and another that needs washed; pjs from three Little's scattered through the house, a dishwasher that needs unloaded and then reloaded, breakfast dishes that need cleared off the table, and beds that need made; the inner Lindsay Lash attacks one task after another... then I hear a Little's voice; "Mommy, I hold you??"
"One minute Little!" I reply. Although, I mean 200 minutes when all the tasks that are screaming at me are done. The day spirals and one task after another gets added and I do and do some more..... the problem and it's big I long "to be!"
Our culture is time, productivity, and doing focused! Is that wrong? I can't answer that for you; however I can answer for me....
God has slowed me down and shown me the power of presence! My heart aches when I reflect on the times I was too busy doing; that I missed the "Mommy, I hold you." Satan uses task after task to distract and keep me from being who God wants me "to be!"
I heard this weekend, "hold your agenda loosely!" I love those four words! I also feel that those four words help explain how being "fluid" works and looks! I'm a work in progress and this is what I'm working on..... holding my agenda for each day lightly- knowing, expecting, and waiting for God to call me out of doing and into being.