10“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 ESV
Ask any of my friends or family members and they will tell you that I am not known for being still. In fact, they would classify me as just the opposite – always moving and working towards some goal. Last July was different, though. Dale and I visited our friends John and Marisa in Colorado. The four of us went for a long hike in the mountains with their two-year-old son Jeffrey in tow. Dale, the biggest and strongest of us all, was elected to carry Jeffrey on his back for the multiple hour trek.
Usually the one at the front of the pack when I hike, I figured Marisa and I would take the lead and the men would trail behind since they had an extra load, but then Marisa pulled out a Rocky Mountain wildflowers pocket guide. I was instantly transported to a land of great beauty and elegance as we scanned the guide for every new flower that came across our path. While the men stole a significant lead on our progress, Marisa and I reveled in the beauty of Blue Columbine, Lambert Loco, Wild Roses, Pussytoes, Golden Pea, Yellow Stonecrop, and a bunch of other flowers that we found only because we took the time to stop along the trail and page through our guide.
Isn’t our faith the same way? We are often moving full speed ahead with our lives, taking a few minutes here and there to say a quick prayer or squeeze in a chapter of the Bible, but never spending time just reveling in the beauty of our faith. God asks us to be still and take the time to appreciate that he is our God and Savior. He wants us to pull out our God is Great pocket guide and slow our pace as we scan the pages, searching for new wonders and greatness in who he is.