Christian Devotionals

"Why Rush a Beautiful Thing?"

While watching a nature television program, a segment came up on Yosemite National Park. As they showed beautiful panoramic views of the park, the narrator told of a woman who walked up to a park ranger there and asked him, “If you only had two hours to see Yosemite, what would you do?” He sadly replied, “ I would sit down in that meadow over there and cry.” His point being that this spectacular park cannot be fully appreciated and experienced in just two hours. That story was followed by another nature segment about the Grand Canyon. We were told that visitors to this majestic place only spend an average of four hours there. Once again, another park ranger echoed the Yosemite ranger’s sentiments by lamenting over people’s hurriedness. He then said, “Those who choose to invest their time in the canyon will be forever changed.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Our culture is wound up way too tight and ridiculously overscheduled. I couldn’t help but think of Chevy Chase in the movie “Vacation” when that Grand Canyon park ranger was speaking. You might recall the scene in this movie where Chevy’s character – Clark W. Griswold – finally makes it to the Grand Canyon. Instead of savoring the spectacular view, he is overcome by the tyranny of the urgent. In an effort to squeeze it all in, Griswold gathers his family to the Grand Canyon’s ledge, gives a perfunctory gaze at the canyon, nods his head and then quickly ushers them all back into the car. Isn’t that how many of us are choosing to do life. We’re trying to see and do as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. We’re rushing here and there so quickly that we’re missing out on the beautiful things that God is showing us. Worse yet, we’re missing out on God Himself.

Whenever we overbook our day with “stuff” and try to fit it all in, we tend to squeeze out God. We may try to force a short Bible reading or blurt out a quick prayer, but it’s not real quality time. When we try to squeeze in God like this, we’re acting like that woman who wanted to see Yosemite in two hours or less. I never made it to the Grand Canyon, but I’ve been to Yosemite. The park ranger was not being overly dramatic when he told that woman that he’d sit and cry rather than try to rush through that awesome place in two hours. After all, Yosemite consists of 1,170 square miles of shear beauty. From the thousand foot waterfalls to the largest chunk of exposed granite on the planet (El Capitan) - to the giant sequoias, this place deserves your undivided attention. Needless to say that the Creator of Yosemite and the Maker of you and me deserves our undivided attention as well. Everything you allow God to touch is greatly enhanced. Let Him touch you. Be still long enough to allow Him to reveal His awesomeness to you. Allow me to paraphrase from the words of the Grand Canyon ranger quoted earlier: “Those who choose to invest their time in God will be forever changed.”

Today is a new day. Invest a meaningful part of your day with this awesome God of ours. Why rush a beautiful thing?

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10 (New International Version)

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