My son and I like to take pictures of the beautiful sunrises here in Colorado. This morning it was stunning, but just a few minutes later the clouds rolled in and we could barely see the top of Pikes Peak. Thinking about how we almost missed that sunrise moment, I was reminded of the saying we learned when I was little to help us watch out for trains. Do you remember this? Stop, look and listen was the catchy little jingle. I don’t know how effective that campaign was, but it obviously stuck in my brain.
It can be easy to simply go through the motions of my day while checking things off a list. But on the days when I feel like I’m getting it right, there’s a lot less list checking and a lot more stopping, looking and listening. I find myself more mindful of my own needs and the needs of those around me. And while yes, my house always needs something done and there are many requests to help with this or volunteer with that, there are just a handful of people counting on me so that they may feel seen, heard, loved and understood. And I really don’t want to let them down. I only have so much time. If I don’t live in the present and leave margins for what matters the most, these moments will pass me by. The little people in my house will become teens, my teens will leave, and I will be left wondering where all the moments went.
Psalm 23:1-3 says, “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.” Could we let that sink in for just a moment before the moment passes? When God is leading us, we have everything we need. He knows our needs even when we are too busy to feel them or too worn out to understand them. He wants to lead us to a place of rest so we can get quiet and stop, look and listen to his desires for our life. He will help us do what only we can do.
This one life you’re living is not a dress rehearsal. This is the show. If we stop rushing and pushing, if we look for what God is trying to show us, if we listen to what he says about us, we will know what to do next. Maybe you need to say no to one more commitment. Maybe you need to spend extra time with family or a friend. Maybe you need to give yourself permission to drop the to-do list and play today instead. Maybe you just need a nap. Whatever it is, do it!
Friend, you are more than enough. You can stop trying so hard to be more efficient, more worthy and more lovable. You are loved just as you are. What would it look like for you to rest in that today?