There is something to being fully in the moment. Sometimes it just takes slowing down enough to not miss it. To not miss the surprising, sometimes unassuming, sometimes profound ways, God reveals himself to us.
The pace of life, family, work, and our culture as a whole, seem to always be pressing in. We work hard, play hard, and run fast. I know for me, it so often feels like I’m just moving from one thing to the next without any space.
We just finished launching new Rogue and RHYTHMinTWENTY groups in Estes Park, Colorado. One of the things we try and focus on with these leaders is learning to just slow down and seek solitude. In the quiet, it is just much easier to hear, see, and experience the things God may have for us. Yesterday, a fishing guide in Estes Park, told us about a day last summer when he caught the biggest trout of his life. He did not take a picture, he did not keep the fish, he did not start fishing again. He realized it was a moment that may not come around again, so instead of getting back in the water and pressing to catch another one, he just sat down and soaked in the moment.
It struck me as profound. There are times we need to slow the pace and just enjoy the moments. I find myself thinking of Psalm 63 . The Message translation says, “…if I am sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you have always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.”
Life is tough. So many people going through such difficult things. So, when the good moments do come, I don’t want to miss them. Here is to slowing down. Here is to watching, and listening with different eyes and ears. Here is to the moments He may have for each of us in the days ahead
I am still here in Estes Park. In a few minutes, I’m heading out with that same fishing guide. I am going to do my best to enjoy every moment…