Finding Peace in Busy Times

Guest Written by – Andy Elliott

“The age of seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder.” – Leanord Cohen,

I read this quote and it struck a chord of sadness and reality. How often do we lose awareness of the wonder that fills our lives? It’s easy to get lost in our work, accomplishments, achievements, or even survival. It’s easy to lose the wonder but do we have to lose it?? Is it inescapable that we get so lost in the repetition and busyness that we no longer enjoy the journey or those that we are on the journey with?

The reality is that the wonder still exists, it hasn’t actually been lost, we simply lose site of it. Think of it as the reflection you can see in the surface of the water once the ripples stop. If you busy yourself rowing the boat to make progress across the lake, have you forever lost the ability to see the reflection? Of course not, your face, the upside down mountain, the sky, they are all still there to be seen again.

It’s easy to unlock the beauty again, it only requires setting the oars aside, and pausing long enough to let the water rest. Clarity comes alive when activity stops.

Of course, you may starve or die of sunburn if you spent your whole life in the middle of the lake just staring at the water, but to stop occasionally and experience your surroundings, can fill you again with the joy and wonder of your journey. God has given friends, spouses, children, grandchildren, nature, and life in abundance to enjoy.

Take some time to put down your oars and notice your surroundings. What wonders have you been missing? Write them down and find the time to appreciate them and to say thank you. Stop and let the water settle, the oars will still be there when you’re done.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8

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