While cleaning on my job this morning I was randomly listening to a tv show called something like Doctors. As he spoke to the audience about how we are so stressed we don’t even take time to breathe, I noticed the glorious blue sky filtered by the bare winter woods. He instructed the audience to stop right there and take three deep breaths. I did, while gazing at the beautiful wooded back yard where I worked today. Breathing deeply did feel good, but will certainly not take care of the real stresses in life.
God instructs us to “Be still and I know that I am God.” Some days this is so very hard to do. Most of my “be still time” is while I am driving, and must also pay attention to traffic. But when I do give the Lord a concerted effort to listen quietly to His Word, I find His beauty thrills my soul.
Return, O Lord! How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may be glad and rejoice all our days!
Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.