Be Still Know
Acts 7:55 (NLT)
‘But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honour at God’s right hand.’
Many older people find life is dominated by increasing health challenges and an expanding amount of disposable time. The constraints of family and the disciplines of daily employment are no longer a factor. Perhaps responsibilities for grandchildren increase to help working children, but only if families remain in geographical proximity. Many others I talk to find it increasingly difficult to know how to invest this resource of disposable time satisfactorily.
My observations inform me that this path awaits me and I want to reflect on how I might prepare. I’m not trying to predict the future, it’s best to take care of today and leave all my tomorrow’s in God’s hands. But I have deliberately chosen to explore contemplating Christ as this can occupy all the time I can give to it. What’s more I am eventually headed into God’s loving embrace, so why not concentrate on building that friendship?
Stephen, aware of his likely martyrdom, preaches clearly and fully. In these moments when I’m sure fear gripped his heart he chose to gaze into heaven and look upon his Lord. However briefly, heaven was opened and he was kissed by the glory of God. These are moments we cannot dictate, yet are the result of taking regular time to contemplate.
Increased time can prove either a blessing or a curse. For some the long lonely hours come to haunt them as they become consumed with the necessity of living with the increasing obstacles age can bring. I believe we can each learn to take such time to ponder the very presence of the divine and gaze into heaven. Time itself stands still as we gaze upon the face of Jesus and find rest for our souls and grace for our passing days.
QUESTION: Are there ways in which you can use your time more meaningfully?
PRAYER: Lord, you alone know the number of my days. Help me grow closer to you in each one.