Another Word…by Gus Keiser

April 30, 2018

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

                                                                                                                                     Psalm 139:14

 It was Simon and Garfunkel who urged us to “slow down, you move to fast, you’ve got to make the morning last”. It’s just been over the past several weeks that I’ve been taking a little more time to reflect on life and the fast-paced way that so many of us live it.  I find it interesting how so many people (at times, myself included) rip through life at breakneck speed, while all the time looking for one excuse after another to both do it and justify it.  And do you know what I’ve discovered?  In the process of trying to do it all and be everywhere, we are robbing ourselves of so many things that this life has to offer.  And it seems that the faster we push ourselves to go, the more and more we miss

Let’s start by realizing the fact that at the pace we’re going we’re missing many of the wonders of God’s creation around us, things such as sunsets, flowers, the beauty of a smile, and even the awesomeness of the changing of the seasons. It’s spring (finally).  How many flowers have you noticed?  Have you taken advantage of the longer days?  Have you taken even a minute to stop and listen to the birds singing?  But as we blister through life at this hectic pace, we also miss out on one of the greatest wonders of life; the person who God has created us to be.

The world watched this week in anticipation of the birth of William and Kate’s third child…not just another heir to the throne of England…but also the beginning of a new life. Louis now takes his place in this world as yet another incredibly complex being.  Have you ever stopped to consider just how complex you are just in your physical makeup?  When we consider just the physical aspect of humans, we should have every reason to be amazed!  Scientists for instance offer us such facts about the complexity of our human bodies as…

In just one year, the human heart beats forty million times.

 50,000 of the cells in the human body will die and be replaced with new cells, all in the time it took for you to read this sentence.

 Nerve impulses to and from the brain are traveling at a constant speed of 170 miles per hour.

 And this isn’t even considering the complexities of the breathing system, the rest of the nerves in our bodies, the human eyes and ears and the way they work, and countless other bodily functions that we mostly take for granted.

Amazing isn’t it? Why don’t you just stop what you’re doing right now and wonder at who you are!  It was Saint Augustine who once said…”People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of rivers, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

 Today, why not take the time to recognize and thank God for the wonder of you!

Lord of all creation…stop us, that we might once again wonder in awe at your creative power and the majesty and beauty of all your hands have made…including ourselves. Amen.

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