Slow Down and Stand In Awe

| February 2, 2017

Do you ever feel like you’re just too busy? You keep running and trying to get everything done, but know know something’s got to give. And that something is almost always our one-on-one time with Jesus. Or at least it is for me.

I have seen this to be true in my life time and time again. Over the past month or two I have been especially busy. Instead of taking the time to be still before the Lode, I’ve been praying on the go. While that’s not always bad, it definitely takes a toll.

One thing I have been busy doing is preparing for this year’s IF:GATHERING. If you’ve never heard of IF, you need to look it up. It’s this weekend (Friday and Saturday) and you can tune in from home, or find an IF:Local near you. We are hosting one at our church, so I’ve been getting ready and making plans. And it’s added to my already busy schedule.

But one thing I love about women’s events is that they force you to slow down. I may be busy preparing, but come Friday evening, I’ll be able to sit down and soak it all in.

The theme this year is the early church mentioned in the book of Acts. My pastor just finished a sermon series on this, so I’m really excited to keep looking at it.

Stand in Awe

As I was flipping through the book of acts today, I came across a note I had made in the margin. I don’t know if you write notes in the margins of your Bible, but I do and I love flipping back through them.  Here’s what this one said, “Don’t just read the word, behold the mighty works of God.” Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever read the book of Acts (I’m kind of hoping you have), but this is written next to the paragraph about the ascension. Acts 1:9 says, “And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight”  (ESV).

I think sometimes we get so busy reading God’s Word, that we miss that these things really happened. This isn’t just a story in a story book that someone made up, the disciples really stood there, and they saw Jesus go up in the clouds. That is just so amazing.

In Acts 2:43 it says, “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” 

That’s what happens when we get busy. We lose our awe. We stop being amazed. When we run around frantically trying to keep up, we miss seeing God move.

God is still moving today. I’ve seen Him move in my life and in the lives of others, and I’m sure you have too. But when we get so busy, we miss God moving. We miss the awe and wonder of living in the world He created.

Have you ever just stopped and looked around and thought, “Wow. This is my life, and God gave it to me. That is so cool.”? I think when we get so busy, we forget that.  So this was my reminder to slow down today. Not to wait until tomorrow night, or the next church service, but to slow down now. To look for God in the moment, even when I’m busy.

And I would encourage you to do the same.

Do you need to remember to slow down and stand in awe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Terri February 8, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I love your writing. Write with Love. So much truth
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  • Reply Andrea February 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Psalm 46:10 – “be still and know that I am God”…

  • Reply Marie February 8, 2017 at 11:19 am

    We have to be intentional with our rest and time or it will get the best of us.

  • Reply Kristi February 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    So many times I stand in awe of where God puts me all the time!

  • Reply Deborah February 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I love that God is always there ready to meet with us and welcome us. Even when we get busy and don’t take the time He patiently waits and draws us back! Amazing!
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  • Reply Donna Reidland February 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    It is easy to lose our awe, isn’t it? I find that writing about the Bible makes it challenging at times, as well. It’s so easy to be reading with a “what would I like to write about this” attitude, instead of a what might God want me to see in this. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Reply Heather Hart February 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

      It really is, Donna. I lead a Bible study at my local church so I can totally relate to what you’re talking about. Too often I forget to have that personal time, and instead look for things to teach, instead of at what God might be teaching me.
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  • Reply Debbie Erickson February 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Heather, we all need to be reminded to slow down! I also think that sometimes we take on too much and have too many irons in the fire, which can lead to quantity, but not necessarily quality. By stepping back and doing a little less, this lends itself to quality. At least for me, anyway. Seems when I spread myself too thin, quality suffers a little. Thanks for this post, Heather! ~blessings!

    • Reply Heather Hart February 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Yes! My husband is constantly reminding me that it’s okay to say ‘no.’
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