To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
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, in broad daylight, streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till 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.
It’s important for us to set traffic lights in our lives. Have you noticed that red lights are in place to direct and set order in traffic? Red lights are in place to serve us: to keep us safe.
The bible says that God rested from His work on the 7th day. One day to God is the same as a thousand years, but the bottom line is that the God who never sleeps or ever becomes tired, took a break. Our jam-packed agendas need some red lights, otherwise we risk serious ailments caused by stress and anxiety. Red lights in our daily lives bring order and balance. We must not fill every hour of our lives with relentless activity and an arduous to do list. Instead we should incorporate recreation and relaxation breaks to rejuvenate our spirit.
Let’s give ourselves a few red lights, a few interims of five to ten minutes a day. We need to reflect and take in this thing called life. Take time to be alone with God. Take time to be alone with your thoughts. Take time to stand and state at the things, sounds, smells, and people around you.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Lord, we honor you. We acknowledge you as the author and finisher of our faith. We ask that you fill our hearts with your peace. May you silence and bring rest to our minds. May we balance work and play. Steady our hearts and hurried pace. No matter what problems we have, Lord, you are bigger and more powerful. Break the tension of our nerves with the soothing of your presence. You are in control of all things. We put our faith and trust in you to work everything out for our good. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
By Cruz Samuel
Cowritten and edited by Frances V.