It is time to Slow Down!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I came across an interesting quote from a book written by John Eldredge called

“Journey of Desire – Journal and Guide” which reads like this:

I think C.H. Spurgeon had this in mind when he warned that a pilgrim will be better served “by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes of hasty reading.” (Introduction pg. xxiii)

 

What a provoking thought.

A thought which requires me to slow down…stop…and put some meditative thought to its import.

Especially, particularly in this fast paced, quickly consumed world we live in.

Everything is fast , from sleeping to eating to living.

We move from one event, one activity to another,

either trying to keep up, getting it done – or – staying ahead of others, beating them to the punch, competition.

But, sadly the results truly is devastating to the soul.

Books, Books, Books...

Frantic Holidays
Frantic Holidays
Whirlwind Vacations
Whirlwind Vacations

Nothing is absorbed this way.

Nothing is taken in to the deeper reaches of our hearts.

Consequently – 2 weeks after we have either

experienced the event

read the book

looked out over the vista; we barely remember what we did, read or saw!

Too many people live for the right now, only thinking of the future as something to conquer.

Our journeys are fast;

our holidays are stressed with activity;

our vacations moving from one tourist site to the next,

so that in the end it becomes one big blur instead of a beautiful crafted photograph.

The individual colors become muddied to an indistinguishable brown/black

instead of memorable, vibrant, distinguishable intensity of color.

Vibrant Absorbing Color
Vibrant Absorbing Color
Our God-given senses
Our God-given senses
Dog Tired
Dog Tired

Life was meant to be taken slow, tasted, chewed, and enjoyed.

Life was meant to be seen and smelled.

Life was meant to be delightfully experienced with all of our senses.

Senses not dulled by overexposure and tiredness.

But made a alive with an absorbed sense of God's creativity,

God's grace, and God's joy!

Slow Down!

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Thanks UlrikeGrace for the reminder of the importance of slowing our pace to commune with God and meditate on deeper realities. Of course, age has slowed me down considerably (smile).

Love peace and joy in Him.

Forever His,


Magdalene 6 years ago

Oh i love your words, your heart. Love you.

Thanx for the reminder chickie! xox


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Wow! RevLady..that was FAST!!!! Yes age does slow us down...I can absolutely commiserate! I appreciated the Lord bringing this to my attention as we slowly grind towards one of the busiest times of the year for most people...the Christmas Holiday season...I am hoping having written this I too will remember to slow down and celebrate God...not just the season...Love to you my dear friend...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Bless you Magdalene...I am so glad you enjoyed it...some of the graphics I just couldn't and didn't want to resist....have a great fall...and remember slow down see the yellow and the red's in between the greens....love this time of year...Love you

blessings Ulrike Grace


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! I agree, what's the old saying-- 'slow down and smell the roses'...


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

If I go any slower, I will be comatose, but thanks for the reminder to soak in every detail of the moment and forget 'what's next.' Lynda


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Samson1 for your lovely comments and reccomendations...yes, I remember that saying... now I just need to actually do it...life has been faster paced than I would like it to be...thanks for reading...bless you

Immartin...you are too funny...yes, not only do we have slow down as you say but now actually be aware of where we are at ... enjoy it and resist the temptation to always be looking forward to the next thing! Blessings to you


Thorine 6 years ago

Yes, I agree but how do we slow down when "life" itself is so busy? Those beautiful quiet moments are way to few and far between right now. I always find myself looking forward to the future when there will be a chance to slow down, but that always seems to be a mirage.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

I'm doing just that(slowing down) since I recently retired. I can't tell you the difference it has made in my inner peace!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Life is a blurring daily collage of activities for the most of us. We have to re-learn how to slow down to appreciate it before it passes us by and we miss out on the important things like a fall afternoon walk in the woods to observe the changing colours of the leaves or the changing coats or plumage of the various animals and birds.

Brother Dave.


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for the reminder Grace to "wake up and smell the flowers". I have had a super busy week this week too and I'm getting worn out. I am looking forward to the weekend and hope to have some "writing time".


"Quill" 6 years ago

Learning to slow is hard after the pace we or the world sets in motion for us. At the end of the day it is wee whom need to take the steps to slow as slow comes only through our action.

Great read and well put together... good advice as always.

Blessings and Hugs from the road


coffeesnob 6 years ago

OK I could have stopped at the Spugeon Quote - enough said..it sunk, but I am glad I read on. Pictures, prose and all was a beautiful reminder of God's intent for us to take in the beauty s-l-o-w-l-y

love you, friend


rls4immanuel 6 years ago

Thankyou Ulrike Grace for this reminder. It is in the still quiet place where I have most consistantly heard clearly the voice of God through the Holy Spirit. The quiet places are the places of relationship building, not only with God but also in our relationship with people throughout life. It is very true that where we spend our time makes a statement of who or what we love the most. God will not accept our worship where He is in second place, so if God is calling us to slow down so that we may enter into and grow in our relationship with Him, what greater motivation could we possibly need?

Blessings to you Ulrike Grace: Keep up the good work.

rls


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Beautiful, loved it. I remember a saying, "I'm writing this letter to you slowly, since I know you don't read very fast"! Great stuff UG. Remember these lyrics, "Slow down, you're moving too fast, got to make the morning last now... ". To live this way of slowing our pace is not only healthy, but much more enjoyable. My wife and I use this phrase, "Chillaxin", Blessings, St.L


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great writing and thoughts. Much needed in these shallow times. Thank you


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I have often tried to slow down, and when I go out I always want to take in the trees and birds etc, I make myself! but it doesn't always work! lol but I will definitely try, lovely hub, cheers nell


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

I've been following you for awhile but I think this might be the first time I slowed down enough to post! Lol!! My father passed away when I was 13, but before he passed away he gave me a wonderful gift. He encouraged me to savor each day and each moment, to look for those little delights that Father tucks into every day for us to find. Your pictures were wonderful, definite delight for the eyes. Thanks for the precious reminder!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Ulrike Grace - A beautiful hub. My favorite time is just being in the moment,being mindful, and being open, experiencing life as it unfolds from one moment to the next.

You did an awesome job on this hub. Voted up!

Sage


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great to slow down, just did it myself a few weeks ago...it was good for my soul:) Just found a video that also shows about the pace of this world. Guess on the same wave...love your pictures, they look awesome!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thorine, thank you for stopping in reading and commenting on this hub...and Yes, I agree "life" seems to be very busy...However, I am a firm believer that God knows our lives and if we are careful to be alert to the beautiful quiet moments we can find many such treasures in a day. Enjoying the "moment" can be a tremendous gift from the Father for us...if we take the moment as a gift. Watching a loved child compete at something. Appreciating the family we have around the table. Enjoying the gift of providing whatever task we are about to do for the family. All these things count for enjoying our journey as we continue to live. And then sometimes we are given a treasure of just time to view and be. It is all worthy of our notice and it all starts just where we are. Instead of running to just pick up our coffee maybe we need to stop and just smell the coffee, take a deep breath and be grateful with joy and love for that moment of peace. Just a few thoughts...Blessings to you, Love Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

bayoulady...thanks for your comments and I am so glad you have taken the opportunity to slow down. Godly inner peace is so important. Blessings UlrikeGrace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Dave Mathews...Oh Amen brother Dave I do so agree with you. :)...Thank you for stopping in and sharing your heart. Blessings to you...Ulrike Grace

@Kristeen...You are so welcome...and I hope you got your slow down time to just enjoy the Lord, He is so good...and your "writing time." Bless you my girl...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Quill! Thank you brother for stopping and having a read, your comments are always so appreciated. I have learned so much from "your story" and your hubs the gift and precious treasure that slowing down and appreciating the quiet is. And I thank you so much for that, the sharing of your heart that you give so freely. Love your sis...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Oh Coffeesnob...the Lord in you is a beauty itself to be taken in slowly...thank you so much for stopping and having a quiet read...breathing is good...and Father has given us so much to appreciate! Love you and blessings to you...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

heart4theword ...I am glad God has madae a way for you to slow down and enjoy what He has surrounded you with, His heaurt and love. We can always find something to do...but the need to sit at His feet and enjoy life with Him is so important...bless you for hearing His call...Love Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

coffeesnob!!! How I wish we could slow down together and sit and enjoy a good cup of coffee!!! I love how you articulated the s-l-o-w-l-y...beauty was not meant to be seen in a rush...love was not meant to be experienced in a rush...we do need to slow down and enjoy our environment, each other and our Savior...Love you girl and thanks for giving this a read...Ulrike Grace


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Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Ulrike you are so right about slow down, I wonder what would happen if we all slowed down to a pace where we do enjoy all that God has given to us to enjoy, not just rushing by as many are doing, when in London I go to the church of Charles Spurgeon I have some of his books, wonderful reading.

God loves you

Ramon xo


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Raymond for stopping in and having a read...I too so enjoy (if that is s right word for Spurgeons sermon and books) Spurgeon, they always inspire me to deeper livoing and thinking in the Lord...Bless you brother

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