Sit Still, Breath Deeply and Look in Wonder

To quote a film from the ’80s, “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

I feel like that a lot. Even in the midst of a global lockdown. Life is still full, fast and showing no signs of slowing down. Most of the time, I want to be productive, I want to create and build. However, the constant drive began tp overtake me, so I’ve developed (more like developing…) a new discipline.

Sit Still. Breathe Deeply. Look in Wonder.

Sitting still has never been something I excel at. Remember that kid in school who was always being told to stop fidgeting? Yep, that was me. Not a great deal has changed. I actually have to discipline myself to sit still. Without my phone. Or my iPad. Or my Laptop. With no external stimulation at all. I’ll be the first to admit, that’s pretty intimidating, but I encourage you, push through the pain. Sit still, rest your mind and think on a command of the King, “be still and know that I am God.”

Then you can…

Breath deeply. Great big lungfuls of air. I was reminded recently of the creation story where God formed us from clay, the dust of the earth. Then He did something remarkable. He breathed on us. He breathed out that breath we breathed it in and became alive in Him. Wonderfully alive. Breathing deeply reminds me of my dependence on Him. My utter and total dependence. Without Him, I couldn’t even breathe.

That allows me to…

Look in wonder at what He has done. The stars spinning away in the cosmos. The ants crawling across my path. The ocean’s wave beating the mighty granite cliff faces. I’m in wonder. People everywhere; All shapes and sizes and colours. All with hurts and hopes, disasters and dreams, yet all alive in Him. I look in wonder at what He has done. Taking frail humanity and filling us with His life, then calling us to follow Him on a great adventure.

It leaves me in wonder at His kindness, His grace and His love for us.

So I encourage you…

Sit Still. Breathe Deeply. Look in Wonder.


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