I haven’t blogged in a while, not for a lack of things to write about, but for a lack of motivation in my life. This semester at university has been one of the most challenging chapters I’ve ever experienced in my life. Yet, today I can say confidently, that I know God is faithful.
This morning I had a wonderful God moment I wanted to share with you all. I was walking back from my first period class, after which I had done my personal devotions. I was speedily walking back to my dorm when all the sudden I was overwhelmed. I felt a stressed, overwhelmed, weary me rushing around with nowhere to go. It wasn’t a good feeling. Consumed, I stopped. I had the sudden urge to look around and actually take in the world around me. I felt the cool crisp autumn morning air. I heard the birds singing as they flew from tree to tree. I saw the dew resting on the leaves and in the grass… Immediately, I was overwhelmed with an entirely different feeling.
I realized how many days a day I rush through life, going from one place to another… all the while missing out on God all around me. God is in the trees, He’s in the birds, He’s in the dew… here I am grumbling through my days feeling stressed out and so far from God, meanwhile missing the wonder that is God all around me.
Matthew 6:26-33 says this:
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
One of my mentors told me recently, when I’m worried or feeling depressed about any sort of thing I need to go outside and “look at some birds and flowers”. The birds aren’t sure where they’re next meal is coming from, yet they radiate joy and contentment. No matter how nice my clothes are or how good my hair looks today I can never compare with the simple and majestic beauty of flowers. Each day God clothes them with garments like no other. God’s kingdom is all around me. My goal for this week is going to be to take some time to not rush here and there ignoring everything around me. Instead, to take in life, take precious moments to slow down, take a big breath, look around and see that my God is alive and at work all around me.