Sunday’s Scripture ~ Exodus 14:10-22
When was the last time you took a moment to stand still and see – to stand still and marvel at God’s creation and what God is doing?
I have been blessed with the privilege to see some of God’s most amazing sites in creation – the Grand Canyon, the Grindelwald Glacier in Switzerland, sea turtles swimming along the North Shore in Hawaii, a rainforest-filled valley below a smoldering volcano in Costa Rica, the fog settling among the peaks of the Smokey Mountains – to name a few. These creations are a wonder to behold…and there is so much about these creations that a picture can capture and so much that a picture can not begin to capture.
These are grand images. They are truly wonderful. And what amazes me about them most is that they did not appear overnight. The Grand Canyon was carved through years and years of water slowly running through sedimentary rock. The Grindelwald Glacier amassed as one singular ice crystal connected with another, and then another, and then another. The mature sea turtles grew from eggs, the trees in the rainforest from seeds, the volcano and mountains through continuous pressure from colliding tectonic plates. Each of these developments in our environment are the result of a change – from egg to animal, from seed to plant, from plain to peak, from shallow to deep.
Change requires time and commitment – and in that knowledge I receive grace – not only for others and for the systems that I participate in, but also for myself. I have been on a personal journey for a little over a year for better health and wellness. I am engaging in regular physical activity through walking and yoga. I have altered my eating habits, eating more vegetables, fruits, and leaner meats. I am eliminating foods and beverages that are “empty calories” – I love to eat…so when I eat I want every one of those calories to count! There have been times along this journey that I have questioned whether or not what I am doing is making a difference…and when those negative worries creep in God always seems to place someone in my path that says something about my transformation without any prompting.
I have heard to said that it takes four weeks to see a change in your own body/life, eight weeks for your friends and family to see it, and twelve weeks for the rest of the world to see it. In my own journey I feel that I have lived the reverse. It took my eyes the longest to adjust and to see what everyone else sees – to see what God sees. God is making me a new and beautiful creation. God is making me a wonder to behold. And God is inviting me to stand still and see what God is doing in my life that I will celebrate! God has delivered and is delivering me to a place of whole-iness.
“Rome was not built in a day” as the saying goes. Transformation takes time. And God’s imprints are all over it.
Have you taken time to stand still and see the transformation God is doing in your life? In your own body? In your relationships? In the systems in which you participate? Receive God’s grace that accompanies change. And take time to wonder.
Prayer: “I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice like thine can peace afford. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfill. I need thee every hour, most Holy One; O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.* Amen.
*”I Need Thee Every Hour,” The United Methodist Hymnal, 397.