Yes, you read that correctly. I would like to just pause. That’s all. Oh wait, and read this article too.
Being a resident in a major city for the whole of my life, I find the beauty that comes from taking a moment to just relax. The rush of the city can often have us moving around so quickly that we forget to stop and just embrace the grace of life itself.
One of the most peaceful times I experienced was my time in Kumasi, Ghana. We went to the village to see my grandma – there was no wifi, no tv and no hassle – just large houses, live cattle and a loving community with a Church just a few minutes away. As I sat on the porch with my family, I could hear the distant hum of people praying during the day. I could bask up the sun’s hot rays, I could smell the fresh less-polluted air and for once, I could stop to marvel at the radiant blue sky. It was beautiful.
It made me appreciate the beautiful world God has created even more. To think that He placed the clouds so perfectly in the sky (Genesis 1:6-8) and that He looked at it and said it was good, is just wonderful. It leaves me in such awe, especially when I think that the same God who created everything on the Earth is so concerned with the small details of my life. He is so concerned with every detail in all of our lives!
Being a city girl, it can sometimes be difficult to savour the slow moments as we live in a community that thrives on being busy. But I’ve found that when I’m so busy and consumed with the demands of life, I can forget to just stop and listen to what God is saying to me.
Isaiah 23:6 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.”
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The day on the porch of my grandma’s house was beautiful because, although I was surrounded by family, we didn’t feel the need to talk, and I could just embrace being silent and admiring the view. I sat there thinking ‘Wow, look at the sky God created. Wow, look at the strength of my fellow Ghanaian people.’ How often do we get to do that? So today’s post is just a bit of encouragement for you to just pause…
Let all that I am wait patiently before God,
for my hope is in Him.NLT