Consider the roses….
Do we take time to smell the roses or are we living in the fast lane? That was my reflection during the past weekend. My life is spent living and working in a city that is broken due to the series of earthquakes that started 3 years ago. This has led to my focusing on what we have lost rather than what we have.
‘Take time to smell the roses’ seem to be a cliché in recent times but the more I reflect on this, the more it makes sense. It’s so easy to spend time yearning for things that I have lost but have I taken time to appreciate what I still have? There is still beauty around me if I take time to appreciate it. Focusing on what I have lost or trying to get what is not there can cause me to become angry, bitter, frustrated….the list can go on. If I am going to find the contentment the Bible talks about, then I need to stop running around to regain what I have lost or to achieve something that is not there. As I spend time appreciating the beauty of things and people around me, I begin to see the value and meaning of what I have – a person, an event, a behaviour, or creation itself – and I develop a heart of gratitude because of that.
The Bible reminds me that learning to be content in every situation would lead to God looking after me. That makes sense to me because if life is only about the pursuit of things, then taking a break from the fast track to let God take over becomes virtually impossible. But when I discover that life is more than worrying about things or striving to get what I want, then I discover a heavenly Father who loves me and knows what is best for me.
Lord, help me to find contentment with the ‘roses’ that is around me.