“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen 1775-1817)
Everyday activities can create chaos in our lives. Fear, anxiety, anger and doubt play far too large a role in our lives and sometimes kill our peace and well-being.
The antidote to the poison of our unhealthy fears, angers, and doubts is our ability to relax in the Lord. And then these everyday activities can be “the most perfect refreshment”.
Take these “relaxing techniques” into your everyday activities:
Relax and look at the stars in the vast, night sky and see a reflection of the mighty God who made them.
Relax and look at the tiny fingers of a new-born child and see there a reflection of the tender God who made every new born.
Relax and look at the goodness of so many people around you and see there a reflection of the good God who created them in his own image and likeness.
Relax and look at the loveliness of a single flower and see in it a reflection of the gracious God who made every flower that ever bloomed.
Relax and look at the wonders of nature that surround you and see the beauty of the creative God who reveals himself to us every moment.
Relax and look at all the goodness within your own heart and see there a reflection of wonderful God who made you.
Relax in the Lord and know on the inside how vast is his goodness and how unfailing is his kindness.
That vast goodness and kindness of God is more than just a comfort for us. It’s also an invitation for us to grow very large on the inside, an invitation to grow into the very image and likeness of God.
That is God’s invitation to us all every day: to grow very large on the inside, to lay aside all pretension, all fear, worry, doubt and anger to grow into God’s image.
How you going to R.S.V.P.?