Stop And Think

” …God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment”  1Tim 6:17

It seems that when you are in a hurry and running late you hit nothing but red lights. Although they are annoying when rejuvenatewe’re racing to an appointment, stop lights are there for our protection. We need stop lights throughout our day too. Overwork and busy schedules need to be “interrupted” with time for leisure and reflection. Without it we can become seriously sick with stress induced illnesses. Time set aside for recreation or relaxation can rejuvenate our spirits. The poem by W.H.Davies tells us to take time to “stop and stare”:

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stop and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs and stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see in broad daylight, streams full of stars, like stars at night.
No time to turn at Beauthy’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stop and stare.

There are two ways of making it through our busy life. One way is to stop thinking. The second is to stop and think. Many people live the first way. They fill every hour with incessant activity. They dare not be alone. There is no time of quiet reflection in their lives. The second way, to stop and think, is to contemplate what life is for and to what end we are living. The word Sabbath literally means, “stop doing what you are doing.”

Throughout the day today, give yourself a five or ten minute mini vacation. Get alone, be quiet, and listen for God to speak to you. Make time to be alone with God. 

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