The morning mist hung low over the almost still water. The only movements on the glossy grey surface were the soft ripples from the fish as they became more active.
Images of the homes on the opposite banks peered through the thinning fog and the rising sun was starting to spread it's orangy glow across the horizon in majestic splendor.
It was a brand new day and the loons made their presence known as they wailed at each other across the water.
The air had a chill and I was glad for the light sweater I grabbed on my way out the door. Our pup, Chico, impatiently tugged on his leash, eager to go about his business. I took a few steps onto a more grassy area to accommodate him and looked across the lake completely taken in by the beauty of the morning.
I am not an early riser but with a 3 yr old shi-poo I really had no choice.
I was glad to be up.
It was quiet enough to hear God speak. The beauty of the new day shouted His love.
Standing by the water's edge, I reflected on the similarity between the purpose of our mini staycation and the command of God's word.
"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
My family decided on this weekend cottage rental as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of real life. Time out for us to relax and enjoy each other. We get so caught up in the busyness of life; going to work, taking care of kids, paying the bills; simply running the rat race. We forget what it is to slow down and enjoy the richness and beauty of each other and the world around us. Often times that busyness is reflected even in how we relate to God.
We are too hurried to pray and read His word.
Too hurried to hear Him speak to us. Simply too busy to slow down and just be with God.
Overwhelmed with living life we are even too busy to seek out His help and accept His offer of peace.
Eventually, we become dependant on our own strength and ability rather than on God and we are worn thin.
Although many of our daily activities are a necessary part of life, some are not and we need to learn to prioritize, taking time for Him.
God wants to spend time with us. He wants us to pray, read His word and nourish our spirit man.
He desires and deserves our worship. He wants us to rest in Him and allow Him to restore our weary soul.
"Be still and know that I am God."
A call to confidence in who God is.
A call to submit to Him in total abandonment.
I sat on the wooden dock watching my pup explore his new territory and I thought, how wonderful it is to slow down and enjoy the moment. More so, how wonderful it is that God, in His great love for His children, used a beautiful morning as a quiet invitation to rest in His presence.
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