Have you ever wondered about time and how it just seems to slip by so very fast? It seems like it was just yesterday that it was Spring and here we are in the middle of October already.
Goodness, it passes so fast!
Life and time are so very precious, and yet we just seem to take it all for granted. As you travel along a highway it seems that everybody is always in such a huge rush.
We all complain that time passes so fast, yet in reality, it doesn’t pass any faster than it did 50 years ago, or even 500 years ago. There is still the same 24 hours in a day, and still 60 minutes in every hour.
It’s not that time really passes too fast, it’s just that we all are so busy and fast-paced that we just don’t slow down and enjoy it. We get up, go to work, go home, activities, sports, chores, dinner, showers and off to bed; just to do it all over again the next day, and the next.
We simply just don’t slow down and stop to enjoy it!
If we all would just slow down and savor the moments, we would find out it’s all still there, every minute of every hour, and every hour of every day. But instead, what do we do?
We wish it away! Weekday mornings, “I can’t wait till quitting time.” By midweek, ” I can’t wait till the weekend.” And on and on that merry go round goes.
God did not mean for us to live like this. Yes, we are to work and provide and have daily things to do; but I don’t think we are to just rush through our days wishing them away. Life is precious!
God, was busy making the entire world for six days. But somehow, I just don’t picture Him rushing through it, wishing He was done and it was over with. I believe He took His time! I believe He thought about what He was doing; enjoying every minute.
Just imagine, Him taking the time and pleasure in His work; in every simple thing, He created. He made the stars, the oceans, the trees and flowers, the birds and butterflies, the animals, man and woman, and everything else in between.
He had an entire world to create, and He did it in just six days. But did He rush? No, not in the least. Why do you ask? Because He said, “This is good.”
If you take the time to do something or create something, and you take pleasure in it, you don’t go this is good, while rushing on to something else. No, you stop and take the time to look at it, relish in it, and say “This is good,” most likely with a sense of satisfaction and a smile on your face. Am I right?
So if God, took the time to create the world, and He enjoyed and thought what He created was good, then don’t you imagine He took His time?
But, the point I am making is what did He do on that seventh day? He rested. Hint, when do we ever slow down, savor our creations and tasks, and just simplytake a day to rest?
Life is precious and short, so shouldn’t we stop and rest, just like God did?
My goodness, 50 years ago, people rested. The women would clean and cook on Saturdays for their Sunday lunch. And on Sunday, what did they do? Why they went to Church, worshiped the Lord with one another. They would go home to a family lunch they had prepared for their families and often others they would invite.
They would sit on the front porch and visit with one another, take an afternoon nap. They simply slowed down, cherished the moments of the day and rested.
I so want to just slow down, enjoy my work as God did, and then just stop, relax, rest, sit in that rocking chair on my front porch, go to Church, have Sunday family dinner, visit, nap and cherish life one day a week.
And while I am at it, slow down and enjoy all the days through the week as well. Don’t you?
Do ya’ll remember back in the day,when going out to eat was alittle mom and popplace? Long before all the chain restaurants took over every city and town. You know what I’m talking about, I hope!
You walk in and they say “Well hey there Christine, how you doing, your usual?” Those little places are fading so very fast.
Growing up, there was this little place like that…. it was called Caesars. I never asked how the Bramlett’s came up with the name, but it was a true picture of the mom and pop place!!!
I wish I could tell you the image above is of that cafe, but unfortunately, it’s not. Times have changed, they have gone on home to heaven, and the store went with them so to speak. But, oh back in the day, it was the best place to go. Actually, in our little community it was the only place to go; but oh how we loved it!!!
You could stop by, ya’ll know each other and the family members by name. You’d hear… Gary, get that hay up? Connie, how’s the kids? Hoyt that sure was a good sermon Sunday, wasn’t it? Times sure have changed, I miss those days.
And oh my, Mrs. Bramlett sure could cook and bake. She would make the best biscuits this side of heaven. Everything was from scratch, and you could taste the love in her food. And how many were in that kitchen cooking each day, just one, her the entire day. They would open really early in the morning and not close till the evening, 6 days a week. Closed on Sunday’s of course, Church and a day of rest!!!
Why you could get some gas and oil, have a bite to eat, grab a soda and candy bar, or some good old country housewares, all in one stop.
But most important of all…. you would get a great big dose of friendship and blessings, a friendly slap on the back, a good firm handshake or a hug, even a prayer here and there!
I hope you had the pleasure of growing up and having stores and cafes like that in your own little part of the world. A true honest to goodness little place, but where the biggest part of fellowship, food and just good old stories and laughter would take place!!