You cannot in one glance survey this most vast and beautiful system of the universe, in its wide expanse, without being completely overwhelmed by the boundless force of its brightness. –JOHN CALVIN
When life begins to get messy and chaotic and loud, I have to take time away. I have to find a moment of stillness. And I find that stillness through prayer and in nature.
When I was growing up, we of course learned the Our Father, and I remember getting on my knees with my father and praying that prayer. And how important that prayer is. It is how Jesus Himself taught us to pray. But prayer can be much more than words that we say to God. T. S. Eliot says, “If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of our hearts God speaks.”
We are sometimes too busy to notice that God is trying to speak to us.
Our culture is bombarded on all sides by demands. We live in a noisy world, with texting and emailing and music and TV and on and on. We used to be able to get away and have space . . . on the weekend, on a plane, at dinner. But now we are expected to be available at all times. To respond immediately.
It is only when we slow down that we are able to breathe. To connect with the spirit of God. To hear God. It is only in that peace that we can see the butterfly and notice the miracles unfolding all around. When we are still, we can get out of the way.