Be Still and Know

Day 14 - Issue 32

January 20, 2020

Psalm 90:1-2 NLT

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

In a world of constant change, one thing doesn’t alter, on which we can all rely. God is our first cause and final end. He is the constant throughout time and space.

As I have aged, I have become more attentive to the longevity of much of the natural world. There is something reassuring about those natural phenomena, which preceded my birth and shall continue beyond my death.

One of the benefits of age is that we can find time to pause, breathe and become still. In a world of constant movement, such moments of stillness are critical for our wellness. The natural landscape can offer up a sense of constancy and durability that human life increasingly fails to offer the older we grow. Where once I drew my motivation from the unrealised challenges seeded deep within my ego, today I am content with a simpler and slower pace of life. I’ve made peace with myself and those whom I love. I am increasingly aware of the fragility of life, yet also the indestructible nature of God.

It is healthy to take some moments each day and contemplate God’s enduring nature. It helps ground us in a world we can fear that we are losing touch with. Swamped by data overload, it is calming to gaze upon an ancient tree or a large boulder in the river. These can direct our gaze towards our creator, God, and reassure us of God’s faithfulness and our place in this world as a passing pilgrim.

QUESTION: What can you see around you today that will help you pause and consider God’s eternal presence?

PRAYER: Thank you for walking beside me in this life and for the promise of life eternal with you to come.