I’m still not taking lunch breaks, and nearly every time I get an hourly reminder for my one-minute break, I hit “skip.”
I’m still going to blog, though, because that’s my thing – it’s what I do.
- Bible verse – “’I tell you,’” he replied, “’If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’” (Luke 19:40)
- Meditation-ish concept – Last week was focused on all five senses, and this week is focused on one in particular: hearing. Every time you take a break, focus on the sounds you hear. You can do this inside, but outside is especially wonderful.
- Why – It’s an interesting and wonderful experience when you intentionally choose to hear the world differently than before – especially when all you’ve heard all day are the thoughts in your head. When I focus on God, nature suddenly sounds different – all of the sounds of nature seem to proclaim God’s name. The wind in the trees, the birds, the dogs – all of them shouting, “Jesus,” without even knowing it. They’re just doing their thing, but in doing so, they are doing exactly what they were designed to do without fighting back at their Creator. That’s why I like this week’s verse. As Jesus is approaching Jerusalem on a donkey, his followers praise him, and the Pharisees tell Jesus to silence them. That’s when he says, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” There are a lot of good commentaries on what this means, but my immediate response is to think of Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Even though this seems to refer to sight, I think the sounds of nature also can help us see God’s invisible qualities.
It’s interesting that stones are one of the quietest pieces of God’s creation, yet even they could shout praise if God willed it.
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