Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

Breathe and Savor The Lord

Have you ever rushed through a meal, forgetting to chew and not allowing your mouth to savor the tastes that each bite could reveal?

Sometimes rushing through life is like that. We push forward to cram so much in that we forget to ingest and digest all the beauty and experience. We miss to savor the landscape of opportunity as we rush through it all.

What about the Lord’s word? As we study, read, or listen, do we just scoff our way through to check off that item on our lists? Do we think about the words or just let them skim past our ears so that they are tickled just enough to complete that spiritual task?

We want quick answers and when the preacher doesn’t fulfill and the flippant prayers don’t get answer, we shrug the shoulders and don’t seek relationship with the one who can guide us. Our Sunday best is really only for a few hours and then we fly out the door in hurried directions.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV 

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

If the Lord is slow and patient with His children, why should we expect Him to be a Magic Jeanie? Do we think that He will be something other than what He tells us that He is?

There’s a song that goes on about flying over a city, with wonderous lights and fast-moving people. All are going through their lives at the speed of light expecting the world to keep up with them and for God to keep them propelling without even stopping to take in His will. They forget to savor one last thing, not food or experience, but relationship.

Rushing through the days will provide burnout of mind, body and spirit. Sabbath teaches us more than to put on your fancy pants to listen to a church choir. Ordained by God, and said to be good, it provides a time to reflect and to see where we need to be and to seek the Lord’s will in all of it.

I invite you to take a moment to breathe. Fill yourself with truth of the Lord. Savor His goodness. Seek Relationship. Rush no more.

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5 thoughts on “Breathe and Savor The Lord

  1. Thanks for writing this. In this busy world, we tend not to savour any experience. Even when we are at a place, we’re busy trying to take a picture or post it on social media, and we’re also thinking about the next thing. We’re also prone to multi-tasking instead of sitting still and taking things in. The same goes for resting in God’s presence and soaking it in and enjoying it. I know I have a million other thoughts rushing through my mind at the same time.

  2. As a teacher you learn to eat fast to survive. As a retired teacher it’s a habit I find hard to break. I’m afraid you described me in my time in the word too. In, out, on to the next thing. I needed this reminder to “savor, seek, and rush no more”. Excellent, Maryann! Cindy@ FMF FB page

  3. I find this wanting a quick answer invades my quiet, devotional time, too. Instead of reading, searching and mediating as I should…I am quick to find someone else’s answers in a commentary, etc. They have their place, for sure, but I want God to speak to me, too. And that takes time.

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