Our hearts race, we fret, life is dog-earred and breeding with discontent.
We go for a run or a walk to burn off calories....Endorphins released to burn off the stress, heart rate up to burn off the calories...that's all good, but we're still caught up in the world's rhythm of rush. We fail to pause and see the tiny little blessings of living life at a slower pace. God created all things for us to enjoy and to point us to Him. He desires us to slow down enough to see and enjoy beauty of His handiwork.
Sometimes we can't help the rush of life. It just so happens that life IS trending now at break neck speed...not by choice, but God has allowed this season of life ultimately for His glory. Keep seeking Him in the midst of the blur. Be alert to ways you can honor Him by saying 'Thank You, Lord' for even the smallest of things that bless your heart. Did someone hold an elevator door open for you while you rushed to reach the bedside of a loved one? Thank the person, and thank God for that person. We each have a different set of circumstances. Look for ways to say, 'Thank You.'
We see life through our own pair of eyes (that God gave us - have you thanked Him?). My eyes capture moments of beauty in nature. That's how He wired me...to stop, look, and listen for Him in the ordinary. The tiniest of flowers breaking through the debris covered ground often gets ignored and walked past... or walked on... by some with their eyes fixed on the next thing to do and place to be. For me, my gaze is most often downward - partly because I'm not real sure footed so I'm always watching where I walk. But it's in that eyes down position that I see the tiniest of flowers amidst the debris and I marvel at how something so small could push through all the dirt and debris, only to look up in praise to God for a brief season and then vanish away. It's that moment that whispers to my heart with a holy hush.
My friend, Charlie Bing, once said:
"Don't get caught up in this world.
Learn to live in the glory of the ordinary.
anchor life to the eternal."
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
(Just a side note, Charlie is an awesome speaker, teacher, author who has a way with words that resonate grace and truth - here's his website -http://www.gracelife.org)