Slow down! Stop and smell the roses! So many of us have heard these words before. But the question is how many of us have actually done that; have slowed down; have taken the time to stop and smell the roses?
I’m afraid too many of us have done just the opposite instead of slowing down we are speeding up, full throttle, pedal to the metal. Life seems to be going so fast we can’t even remember what day it is or how we got to where we are?
Over these past few weeks I’ve made a conscious effort to make mental notes of the little things that the Messiah has done for me or things that He revealed to me like He did with the woman at the well. (Yes, it means changing my focus and slowing down, paying attention to what God is doing for me!) Jesus, the Christ (the Messiah) revealed to this woman who was an outcast in society that He was the Messiah. Now this woman was at the well in the heat of day getting water for her empty water pot. She had a task at hand that needed to be done. But yet this Man had spoken to her which was unheard of in that day. It was then that she had a choice to make, to stop what she was doing, listen to Him and converse with Him, or continue with the task at hand. She chose wisely. She chose to stop what she was doing and enjoy a Messiah Moment. Oh, she did not know that He was the Messiah at first, but she continued to converse with and listen to this Man who was speaking with her. It was by stopping what she was doing and spending some time in conversation with this Man that He revealed to her first (even before His disciples) that He was indeed the Messiah.
So I ask you…why haven’t you stopped or slow down to converse with your Messiah? What are you missing in your God appointed Messiah moments? Is it a word of encouragement? Or maybe it will be something that God will reveal to you and you alone. Will you make a wise choice to sit and talk to the One who has a special moment waiting just for you?
I want so share a couple of clips from some emails that I have received this past week that touch exactly on this subject.
I just wanted to share an experience I had yesterday with you. Could you also forward this to all the ladies in our class?
I was sitting outside in our backyard with Ethan when I saw a dragonfly zoom by. I thought to myself how pretty a blue dragonfly would look (blue is my favorite color). Not a second later there was a blue dragonfly right in front of me. It hovered around us for awhile and even paused on a chair across from me so I could get a good look at how pretty it was. And then it dawned on me - This was a way of God saying "I'm here, I love you". How truly amazing is our God!!! Now I wonder how many signs like this have I missed because I was too busy or too caught up in life's problems to notice. I wanted to share this with everyone because it's the little things like this that help strengthen my faith. I am blessed to have you ladies in my life!
Your sister in Christ,
Here’s one in response to Jenny’s email.
Please forward to Jenny. I had a similar experience with a group of buttterflies(not real ones though). Our school is only 2 years old so the Principal told the Art teacher that the hallways look like a hospital and suggested she paint something on the walls. My students all know that I love butterflies. I have my classroom decorated with all kinds. One of them talked to the Art teacher and when I got here Monday morning, outside of my room on the wall are 9 of the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen. It made my whole week! To them it was a small gesture, but it spoke volumes to me about what they must think of me to take time out to do that. Sometimes we are so busy being busy that we don't take time out to enjoy the small blessings. Jenny, I'm glad you were tuned in enough not to miss that chance! Angie
As we can see there is a great deal of Messiah Moments that we miss. Why? Because we don’t slow down to see the dragonflies and butterflies or stop to smell the roses. We are just not focused or tuned in to the One who wants to share a special moment with us. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss my Messiah Moments. I pray that you will join me in stopping and slowing down to capture, to take hold of your Messiah Moments. And while your at it, be sure to post a couple of your own Messiah Moments!