As I was waiting at the stop sign last week I felt a deep thud to my Jeep Wrangler. I looked in my rear-view mirror to notice the car behind me up against my rear bumper. I stepped out of the car and asked “Are you ok?” The driver looked at me and said, “Oh, sorry, I need to get my brakes fixed”. We both agreed on that and continued about our day.
I got back in the car and thought of the quote from the 1986 movie from Ferris Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Clearly this man was moving fast, so fast that he didn’t make time to do the important, much needed maintenance on his car. When we skip out on the maintenance in our lives we cause harm.
It is important to slow down every once in a while, to Be Still. Being still is calming down and letting God fight for us. It’s about getting out to smell flowers or fresh cut grass, taking a break from the routine of life and appreciating what life has to offer. We do this by pausing to be still for a time.
I hope your summer is filled with moments swimming in the cool refreshing water, enjoying time with friends around the campfire, unplugging from computers and personal devices, enjoying picnics with family and taking moments to look up at blue skies or feel gentle the warm rain to appreciate what God has given you. Oh and remember to make sure your brakes are fixed first.