For two days I have forgotten to take a pot to school so I can transplant our classroom tomatoes. Thursday I was distracted by the tornado and forgot to put the pot in my truck. Sunday night it didn’t even cross my mind. Last night at eight I suddenly remembered it so I walked out to retrieve it from the shelf on the patio. As I turned to go back into the house a little bit of movement caught my eye. I watched as two bunnies hopped and played around my truck for several minutes. It was precisely the calming, inspiring, refreshing moment that I needed after a day marred by disappointment and frustration. Coincidence? Not a chance. I believe God often blesses us with brief moments of joy that allow us to put things into perspective and go on with our lives. If we moved forward at the frantic pace that most of us attempt we would burn out as quickly as a birthday candle.
I think one of the most powerful, life-changing verses in the Bible is Psalms 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” People all over the world rise up each morning and seek guidance through meditation and prayer. But I don’t think everything we do has to be formal and practiced and habitual in order to be powerful and effective. Sometimes it is those unexpected moments of stillness and awareness that do the most good for our soul.
As I watched the bunnies play last night I was reminded of all the ways my life has improved since moving to this hill. I marveled at how much calmer I am and how much better I feel. A little disappointment and a few thoughts of inadequacy are nothing compared to the overall joy I feel each day. God has truly placed me in the right “environment”, a term we have been studying in class this week. And His expectations of me are always attainable if I just have faith.
The second part of Psalms 46:10 is often overlooked by people. If we are still and focused on God we understand that it’s “not about us”. Though our usual focus is that of a two-year-old- “me,me,me” - a few moments of prayerful reflection should be enough to remind us that we are the creation of God in His image and for His glory, not the other way around.
As you go about your tasks today I encourage you to stop once in a while, breathe deeply, and just look around at what God has given you. Be thankful for the tiny blessings of your life. They can add up to tremendous joy!
P. S. It was too dark for bunny photos last night, so I share one here from last year.