Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12 NIV
Do you find yourself anxious, frazzled, and stressed? As if you don't even have time to breathe? I think we all feel this way at times. Our fast-paced world has become focused on agendas, expectations, plans, and the next thing that needs to happen. Our news coverage flips from one bad news story to the next, rarely capturing the good things that happen. It is so easy for us to get caught up in survival mode that we don't appreciate what is happening now.
That is not the life God had planned for us. Think about how it all started, not in today's bustling cities but a beautiful garden—just two people who were enjoying God's creations. The Creator would come and walk among them, and Adam and Eve knew him intimately. A far cry from what man, after the fall, would later create, angst born from sin.
In today's verse, we hear a call to slow down, to be invited back into Eden. Enjoying where we are right now; this moment will soon be gone. Be joyful in the hope of eternal life in the future and enjoy that hope this minute. Yes, we will be sick; that is part of life too, but even then, be patient. We still have that joyful hope within us. Enjoy the people that surround us in love and prayer. And in all situations, remember to pray. Be joyful in the same daily, "cool of the day" conversation with God, Adam and Eve had.
God, thank you for this time you've given us in this here and now. Please help us to quiet our minds and bodies as we come into frequent communion with you; let us be mindful of your presence at all times. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.