By Randi Spearman
I’m sitting on a bench in a park downtown. There is a tall Christmas tree all lit up. The trees all have white lights wrapped around the trunks. The fountains are bubbling over and falling down the ledge, making a beautiful waterfall. The only thing confusing me is the rose bushes in full bloom and the 70 degree weather.
I do think Christmas is next week. The lights and tree indicate Christmas. The heat indicates an extended summer.
I’m not sure if I look silly sitting in a park writing in a journal. Most people would be on a computer or a phone. But I am perfectly content with my pen and paper.
I wonder how many people stop to enjoy this beautiful park. Especially on a night as wonderful as tonight. Oh yes…there are some. A family has stopped to take pictures of the children in front of the big tree. Beautiful.
I think about how easy it is to speed through life and not stop to enjoy the beauty God has given us. How many of us walk right past the roses without stopping to smell the sweet fragrance? How many of us miss the most important years of our lives because we were too wrapped up in ourselves or the things of the world?
I have had the luxury of a life slowed down. I have enjoyed being still and remembering all the things I took for granted. I have been blessed with the time to think and evaluate my life. And all that truly matters is that we live our lives with the mind of Christ. That we, “Behold the beauty of the Lord.” That we love with the passion of Christ. That we lift our eyes up to the Lord and serve Him with all that we are. That we stop and enjoy His Presence—cause it is always with us and all around us.
The stillness of this park is a beautiful picture of what enjoying Christ means to me. Through the midst of busyness—there is peace. There is a calm that has come over me.
“Be still and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10