The past two weeks have been full… so full. It was last Friday that I came home to a full sink, a full hamper and a full inbox. And today, I sent well over a hundred emails for work. And in my kitchen, I have four full buckets of produce for canning. That’ll be my task for tomorrow. And right now, I am bone weary. And all I can see is what lies before me… And honestly, tonight, all I feel is tired. But this morning, I felt differently. It was then that I tasted a bit of God’s word. And it was what I read at daylight that’s been hovering on the outer edges of my brain all day. It’s what I’ve been wanting to simmer in all day. But I couldn’t stay there… in His word. I had to move on… chores to do, job commitments, and a son to raise. Life entered the holy hush of the morning, and it hasn’t been quiet since. Not till now.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the way we live our lives today cannot be part of God’s plan for us. Our daily schedules are much too full. And for the life of me, I cannot seem to find the exit ramp from the fast lane. Try as I might, I cannot seem to eliminate the busyness. And thus, my days stay full. And thus, I can’t see! And so, because my life is too full to see, I don’t glimpse the wonder of a holy God. All I can focus on are the dishes, and the paperwork, and the dirty clothes. And I lose the wonder of life. Because life is a blur. I move way too fast to behold the glory of each moment. And so, I’ve decided… I want it back. I want the wonder back in my life.
The past few months, I’ve watched at least 150 Andy Griffith shows. And it’s awakened a hunger within me. It’s the call of simplicity that I hear in the distance, and it’s what I crave. Episode after episode, I watched Andy Taylor sitting on his front porch, slowly strumming his guitar. I watched his friends join him in song. I watched him take the time to explain things to his son. I watched, and ached, for that life-style. And sadly, it’s truly a thing of the past. It’s not often that you’ll find people sitting around the front stoop singing songs and enjoying life. No more can we stop and smell the roses… or more importantly, the Rose of Sharon. No, we’re much too busy.
It was parade night last week, and even that awakened something deep inside me. Sadness, perhaps? Because a parade is not what it once was. At least not in our small town. See, when I was a child, I eagerly looked forward to the carnivals. And the parade night was the best. So many people, so many smells. Lights and sirens. And the best part of the parade was the thumping of the drums that you could feel inside your chest. But the last few parades I’ve attended had no high school bands… not many majorettes. This type of parade is becoming extinct. And so, I’ve lost the wonder of it.
But my son… he still has it. His eyes sparkled and shone with anticipation. He could hardly contain his giggles and ran around in circles when it was time for the parade. Yes, my son still holds the wonder of life. He still basks in the pure pleasure of each day. And this is what I want… what he has. I want to bottle up how he feels, and drink deeply. I want to remove myself from the fullness, and the busyness, so that I can see. Oh, God, please help me to see. The wonder of it all. In the mist of each day. Help me to stop. Help me to gaze upon Your creation with new eyes. Help me to see… really see… the wonders of this world. And the wonder that You are.
It’s in Habakkuk 1:5 that we read, “Look at the nations and observe – be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.” And that’s it right there. We must take time. See, we can hear about something all day long… but when we have firsthand knowledge of it (whatever it may be), it changes us. If we want to live fully and abundantly, as He so intends, then we must look and see and observe. We must pay close attention to this thing called life. Otherwise, we may miss it all. And that would be a shame. That’s not what God has in store for His children. He wants for us to be like our very own… full of wonder. He doesn’t want us to be so full of busyness that we miss His awe-inspiring works. He wants for us to witness just how majestic, and holy, and wonderful He truly is. But first, we must pause our hectic lifestyles, and drink in what lies before us. His creation. If we stay still long enough, and open our eyes wide enough… just maybe we’ll see.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19:1-4 (NKJV)