Monday, March 5, 2007

Stop and Think

Good Morning, dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the beautiful, cool day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

I noticed the slightly lopsided moon as I went outside this morning, and Venus shining brightly in the south. I wish we had had the clear sky the night of the lunar eclipse.

The roseates were in the same spot at the Park yesterday as they were the other day. I hope they have chosen to make that their new home. They are so beautiful! An anhinga was busy eating his catch of the day on the side of the weir, and another was airing out his wings. God is good!

From Quiet Moments:

It seems that when you're in a hurry and running late, you hit nothing but red lights. Although they are annoying when we're racing to an appointment, stoplights are there for our protection.

We need stoplights throughout our day , too. Hard work and busy schedules need to be interrupted with time for leisure and reflection. Without it we can become seriously sick with stress-induced illnesses. Time set aside for recreation or relaxation can rejuvenate our spirits. This poem by W. H. Davies tells us to take time to "Stop and Stare":

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows..
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass .
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Streams full of stars, like stars at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait til her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

There are two ways of making it through our busy life. One way is to stop thinking. The second is to stop and think. Many people live the first way. They fill every hour with incessant activity. They dare not be alone. there is no time of quiet reflection in their lives. the second way, to stop and think, is to contemplate what life is for and to what end we are living. the word SABBATH literally means, " stop doing what you are doing."

Throughout the day today, give yourself a five or ten-minute "mini-vacation." Get alone, be quiet, and listen for God to speak to you. Make time to be alone with God.

God richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy
1 Timothy 6:17

A happy life consists of tranquility of mind.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,