So, I went for an early morning run the other day (6:30am #justsaying). It was my first run in months and not long into it, I stopped. Not because of my unbelievable lack of fitness at the time or even due to another unexpected injury. It was, in fact, to soak up the amazing sound of silence – pure, unbridled, silence. Peace! The only thing I could hear were birds singing sweetly in the background. Add to this the sound of busy little creatures that buzzed and hovered over the long dewy grass, and this made waking up so early so worthwhile. As I paused, stretched and took in this beautiful scene, I was reminded of a promise in the bible that God makes to look after all his creatures, not just the birds and the bees, but also you and me.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
This verse got me thinking about the things that I worry about everyday, such as money, food, job security, impressing friends, etc. I was reminded in this moment of how trivial and short sighted these worries are in the big picture of life. God promises to provide our every need (Philippians 4:19). He may not give us what we want, but he will give us what we need. This life is short and fragile, like a drop in the vast ocean, and in some things we have little control. Money, success and a good name can only bring us passing happiness. Once we have it, we only want more and are never satisfied. Think for a moment of the countless celebrities and famous people who in the eyes of the world have “made it” but in and of themselves they are not satisfied? The bible speaks of laying our treasures in heaven, where thieves won’t break in or steal; a place which does not perish, spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:4).
“Where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also”
I do hope that these simple thoughts challenge you to think about where you are investing your treasures and placing your confidence for the future. Whether its in a good pension scheme, physical/material things, good looks, friends or even family, non of these things go with us when we die. I would personally recommend Jesus, or at least a thorough investigation of his claims in the bible to be the Son of God (I’d recommend Luke and John’s gospels to begin). I’ve heard it said before that Jesus could only be one of three things, 1. Lunatic 2. Liar 3. The Son of God. What do you have to lose from investigating?
Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
P.s. As for my run, well, let’s just say that didn’t last long once I paused. I have run twice since then and gone a couple of miles each time without stopping (which I was chuffed about). So there is promise there. Perseverance is the lesson I’m learning through this.