He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
Efficiency and productivity have become the highest values in our culture. We are always on the go. We are engrained from very young to work faster and harder. Our schedules are jam-packed as we go from one activity to the next. If productivity becomes the marker of success and success is our ultimate goal, then the quicker we produce, the more success we enjoy.
But, the reality is that many of us “busy bees” are enjoying very little of our days. Not only is joy in short supply, wonder is nowhere to be found. Being still and standing in awe of something doesn’t pay the bills, get things accomplished, or move our agenda forward. As we grow from a child into an adult, we outgrow our wonder without realizing how detrimental this is to experiencing a full life. We are so conditioned to find our flaws and fix them that we often forget to wonder.
As a result, our heart remains restless as it continues to search for something worthy of its attention, affection, and worship. There is a big difference between that which catches the attention of our eyes and that which captures the affection of our hearts. The heart can’t help but express itself. What is formed on the inside gets expressed on the outside.
Our circumstances can make us desperate, but our hearts can make us curious. Caring for our heart begins with being still. Gratitude arises from stillness. Our refusal to wonder opens the door for entitlement to creep into our hearts. Gratitude awakens wonder while entitlement drives us to prove our worth. Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God.
During the holiday season, the pressure to speed up only intensifies. This is why we have to be intentional about developing a curious heart. We have to remind ourselves that because God is never in a hurry, neither should we be. Hurry is the enemy of spiritual formation. Our sense of wonder is influenced by what we allow ourselves to see. Wonder is never awoken by looking inward. It involves marveling at something much bigger than ourselves. By slowing down, we are training our eyes to see God’s power, creativity, and influence in our lives as well as the world around us.
- Where have you lost your sense of wonder? What have you replaced it with?
God, help me to slow down today. Quiet my mind. Focus my eyes. Awaken my heart. Rather than rush, let me be still. In the midst of my busy schedule, may I make it a priority to stand in awe of who You are and how You love me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.