Take time to smell the roses

“Slow Down!” “Haste Makes Waste!” “Speed Kills!” “Take Time to Smell the Roses!”

We’ve all heard those sayings. And most often we don’t heed them. After all, life is a rate-race, isn’t it? We’ve got deadlines, don’t we? I know I do: responsibilities to family and home; bills to pay; sermons and Bible studies to prepare; visits tot he sick and the shut-ins; countless meetings to attend; conflicts where sometimes I must intervene. The list seems endless.

But once in a while, things happen that force us to stop. It may be some type of emergency – a sickness or a death – an interruption or something. When that happens, we have no other choice.

I have been blessed with good health my whole life, but a few months ago I began having pain in my right knee. It hasn’t prevented me from doing most things, but it certainly has slowed me down. Tomorrow (Monday) I’ll get an MRI and if it means surgery is necessary, then, suddenly everything else comes to a screeching halt – at least for a while.

Could it be that some things happen so that we can just stop – and meditate – to listen for the still small voice of God’s spirit? I truly believe that’s the only way some of us are then open to hear what He has to say to us.

The psalmist tell us so very clearly: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

Isn’t it always good to know that we’re not in charge of everything – and that God is? God alone is able!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)