In the busy-ness


Dear Minster and Friends,

Just lately, I’ve been quite busy. But then, who isn’t busy these days? One of the most common answers I receive to the standard question “how are you?”, is “oh, busy”, or something similar. An all-pervasive features of modern life, it seems, is busy-ness.

Being busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing; its opposite, being idle, isn’t something to be recommended. But one potential danger with busy-ness is that we lose our sense of perspective.

I don’t know about you, but particularly when I’m busy, I can easily find myself so immersed in what’s going on, in the small details of my life, that I completely forget to step back and ask God for His view on things. I get so caught up with what’s going on in my little segment of time and space that I forget that really, in the grand scheme of things, I’m a pretty small part of it all; and that in the end, God wins.

And when I remember those truths, I find it a great comfort. It allows me to remain on an even keel, in the face of the highs and lows of life. When things are going well, I can enjoy the truth that they’ll be even better in eternity. And when it feels like everything is falling apart, stepping back and seeing things in their true perspective makes it all feel a little less important, even if it doesn’t stop the pain entirely.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Let’s pray this week for God to give us His perspective on the situations we face.

With much love,

Chris Lion