Slowing Down – Experiencing His Love

It’s that time of year again…

The beginning of the “Christmas Rush.”  It seems that wherever we go, the traffic is heavier, the parking lots are crowded, and folks are bustling around with little time left at the end of the day to “just be.”  As we hurry about to buy presents, prepare for company, or to finish tasks for the year, it is so easy to become consumed with “busyness.”  It is in these times, especially, that we forget that God wants us to spend time being still and communing with Him.

The more we rush around, oversubscribed with what we have decided is of great priority, the easier it is to forget our primary purposes for existing – glorifying God and enjoying Him.  It is also easier at these times to become anxious and worried about life. 

As we hurry and forget to spend time with our Lord, we can forget that He cares about us and sustains us.  I still remember a simple poem that hung on the wall in my grandparents’ house when I was a young child.  The words of the poem were on a little, tacky plaque that I remember to this day.  They come to mind often during times that I have allowed myself to become hurried:

“Said the robin to the sparrow, ‘I should really like to know

why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.’

Said the sparrow to the robin, “Friend, I think that it must be

that they have no heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.'”

Although the main thrust of the message in the little poem is needless worry by those who belong to God because of His providence – the idea of rushing about reminds me that it is when we fail to slow down and commune with our Creator that the enemy can use worry and stress to rob us of the joy of belonging to God.

In this season of joy in remembering God’s gift to the world – take notice if you find yourself rushing around.  Slow down.  Stop.  Be still and draw close to the Lover of your soul.

 In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Bob

A Prayer for Today…

Heavenly Father,

Your love amazes me. You’ve told me that you care for me and know every single event that happens in this world.  Even when the tiny sparrow falls, You know it.  I confess that I often get caught up in running around, doing, doing, doing…  even though who I am becoming in You is so much more important than what I am doing.  Thank You for Your faithfulness in convicting me when I begin to lose sight of that.  Please continue to work in my life to help me realize the importance of spending quiet time with You.  If necessary, put me on my back to make that happen.  It is far more important to relate to and with You than to accomplish a thousand trivial things.  Your love overwhelms me.  Help me to love others more and more like You do. I thank You and praise You.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen


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