Stop the Race. Look Up.

A nature loving mom with nature loving children means a homeschool brimming with nature projects.

Some simple peanut garlands hanging just outside our back door provide nourishment for the squirrels and much entertainment as we watch the animals bustle around gathering the nuts.

My soft-hearted, nature loving daughter can’t stand to leave the peanut garlands in an area where the squirrels have to work for it. She attempts to give them a challenge but usually within minutes she’s lowering one of the tasty treats to an area where the squirrels can have a heyday with it.

It’s like watching a nature documentary right outside our door. We watch as two squirrels fight over the peanuts. Who can get there first? Who’s quicker? Who’s stronger? Who is more nimble? Who can find the best hiding place for their peanut?

Their movements are fast. Frantic. My heart begins to race just watching them in their haste. And then I remember. As I watch one of the squirrels dash across the yard my eyes raise a bit and I remember the peanut garlands my daughter has yet to move still hanging from the trellis. Just above these frantic squirrels heads, peacefully resting there, are two long garlands of peanuts. The squirrels race around in their stress, capturing their prized peanuts. greed overcoming them. All the while an abundance of what they treasure hangs just above their heads.

Do they know? If they did know, would they rest a little? Would they slow down and enjoy the process a little more? Would they be more apt to share with the other squirrels in the yard?


Oh, do I ever see myself in these squirrels. The way I get so wrapped up in my own needs and the needs of my family. The way I bustle about in a frantic pace when I act as if our lives depend on my ability to move fast. The way I so quickly forget my Provider. The One that meets my needs for each day. The way I forget to look up and remember the Giver of great gifts, holds in abundance everything I need, ready for me just when I need it.

Can we all just slow down a bit today? Can we stop the race we find ourselves in and instead look up and remember the One that knows our true needs?

Just as the squirrels in our yard rush about completely unaware of the blessings hanging just above their heads, we too, rush about, missing the blessings and the provisions the Lord has for us.

But, if we’d just slow down. Stop. Look up. Commune with the Creator and stop the race. 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

 

 

6 thoughts on “Stop the Race. Look Up.

  1. What a beautiful (and much-needed) reminder to slow down, look up and give thanks. I am a nature-lover, too. I have never seen the peanut garlands before. I might have to give that one a try with my grandchildren. So glad I came across your blog! I have never been here before.

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  2. Kym Thorpe

    What an abundance we sometimes miss because we frantically work as if God is not going to provide. Great lesson! Thanks for linking up at Scripture and a Snapshot – we look forward to seeing you again1

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  3. You nailed it. I absolutely love this post. How very true it is.

    When we spend time just simply being with God, we discover who we really are in Him and who He is for us and to us. There’s nothing like those blessed quiet, still moments where God reminds us that He is still God.

    I believe Holy Spirit is really wanting to highlight Psalm 46:10 to His people because I was writing about it the other day as well, and have seen so many other believers writing their own inspired message from the same Scripture. He’s trying to get our attention, sis 🙂 God bless you and your family!

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