For many people, myself included, it may be far too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and miss the beauty that is all around.
When was the last time that you slowed down enough to enjoy God’s creation and marvel at the splendor of its beauty?
If you take a moment, you will notice all the signs of spring: from the sound of birds chirping and the smell of freshly turned soil to the sight of flowers blooming and the feel of the soft spring breeze. Each of these points to the beautiful Island summer that is quickly approaching. Yet, more importantly, they also point to a creator God who shows His splendour through His creation.
The creation account tells us that God created in six days, three days of forming and three days of filling. These six days were followed by a day of rest. God’s design was for you and I to be active and productive but to also have a time for rest and reflection and a time to recuperate and rejuvenate.
Life can be busy and from my view point, it is not slowing down. Many of us can be reached 24/7 via phone calls, texts, emails and a plethora of other forms of communication. With life activities pulling at us from every direction it may be easy to get carried away or to get lost in the busy-ness. In God’s creation, a day of rest was part of the order and when we do not slow down, God may “encourage” us to do so.
Just this past week I had the “privilege” to have short notice surgery. I typically am not one for slowing down and I do not enjoy being slowed down, however God had different plans for me. It has been a very busy season and a slow down was needed. Although I enjoy spending time in prayer and in God’s word, I sometimes have a difficult time to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me. It was at the point of needing to be in a chair and left looking through a window at trees blooming and flowers sprouting that I was reminded of how important it is to slow down, enjoy God’s creation and take time to be still.
The Psalmist in Psalm 46 wrote God declares “Be still, and know that I am God”. And in Psalm 37, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”. The act of being still and waiting are often missed and in doing so, the joy of God’s creation and quiet time in prayer are missed as well.
If you feel that life is coming at you at 100 mph, “be still”. It will be in the quiet that you can find rest, you can reflect and you can rejoice in what God has given to you. You do not need to have a surgery, just take the action step of slowing down and spending time with God.
God’s desire is to be in a relationship with His people. This was evident during creation but came to a screeching halt when sin entered in. God’s desire has not changed, which is why he sent His son Jesus to live and to die so that through Him that relationship could be re-established for those who received him as Lord and Saviour.
Don’t allow the busy-ness of life to distract you from the beauty and majesty of God. If life is moving too fast, it is not time to speed up, it is time to be still and wait on the Lord, for it is through Him that you will find rest.
Pastor Stephen Vessey is Montague Church of Christ. A guest sermon runs regularly in Saturday’s Guardian and is provided through Christian Communications.