As I walked through my office, dusting every shelf, I realized that life had become too busy.
Pictures of deceased and living relatives sit idly on my book shelves. Rocks from places I've visited on mission trips and vacations nestle closely by — rocks from places like Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Maine. There are also other mementos that belonged to family members. As the feather duster gently glided around each one, I suddenly recognized that it had been far too long since I had thought about some of these important people in my life.
As the children of Israel languished on the outskirts of the promised land, Moses challenged them to reflect on what God had done for them — especially how He had preserved them through forty years in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy 8:2a – Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years. (NLT)
According to the writer of Hebrews, I'm surrounded by "a great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1 NIV) who are gazing on as I run this race of life. Some are living, and others have passed to the other side. Taking time to reflect gives me downtime to remember the lifestyle examples that they've left, as well as to reflect on the teachings that they considered important. Fortunately, my genealogical line is bulging with many honourable witnesses.
Busyness is one of Satan's strategies to get me so focused on living life that I don't have time to reflect. Life then loses its purpose and meaning. I find myself scurrying from one task to another with no time to reflect … just time to complete what's in my immediate present and around the next corner.
Reflection accomplishes the opposite. I recall who I am now and realize that it's because of where I came from … because of the people in my past. Reflection re-orients me in the proper direction. Have you reflected lately?
Prayer: Father in heaven, may the reflections of our hearts and minds re-orient our life and re-focus our attention. Amen.
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