You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (CSB)
Peace Over Productivity
by Becky Keife
Have you ever seen a hummingbird at rest? Even when she hovers over a flower, dipping her slender beak deep into the blossom for a nectar drink, even then her wings beat infinitely faster than my eyes can account for or my mind can understand. She is constantly in motion, zipping to and fro — a creature to catch in mere glimpses. Flashes of blurry beauty and intrigue.
But today she sits on a telephone wire, a black silhouette against the pale blue sky of early morning. So tiny upon the wire, she could be an oversized acorn or balancing leaf. It would be difficult to discern were it not for the occasional slow turning of her fragile head revealing that needle beak.
In this moment she is not striving. No flying or trying. Just being.
Is every creature given the gift of pause? Is every living thing led to rest, if under the Creator’s view alone?
I wake up early to steal a handful of quiet moments. There is email to check, a work task to attend to, and a Bible study lesson to complete for an upcoming meeting. I feel pressed on all sides and need productivity to triumph. I look up again from my messy desk, window facing west, and my wire friend is gone. But I gaze upon her empty spot and know — a deep knowing that I deeply need to know — that she is cared for as part of God’s precious creation. She is carried in the constant motion that will consume the remainder of her heart-wildly-beating, wings-frantically-fluttering day.
Her rest may be seldom, hidden. But she is not unseen. And I claim the truth again: It is worth putting aside my desire to be productive in order to take up the pen of paying attention.
We’re thankful for Becky’s timely words, and as you click the video to listen to her read her devotion, pause. Breathe deeply. Rest, just for a moment, and let God speak to your heart.
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