One pastime that I thoroughly enjoy is sitting on the front porch watching the cars pass by, occasionally being pulled into a conversation by a neighbor. Or, sitting on the back porch watching the kids run by, occasionally being pulled into a game of freeze tag. There is something beautiful about life when it slows down a bit.
Related to this idea of slowing down a bit, Al Mohler has recently written a great post here regarding the necessity of silence for the well-being of our souls, and especially the souls of our children.
The experience of silence is the invitation to think…really think. The removal of silence in the buzz of daily life has too often all but eliminated the Christian discipline of meditation. There are endless workshops available today which teach us how to regain our composure or manage our anger or decrease our stress. Christian meditation goes beyond this. It is not merely taking a few deep breaths, counting to three or thinking positive thoughts. Furthermore, it is completely different that the Eastern concept of emptying your mind of any and all intelligent thought. Instead, Christian meditation is the filling of our minds with God’s thoughts as expressed in his word. This kind of meditation orders our minds rightly, stills our agitations, calms our fears, convicts us of sin and keeps us from sin. This kind of meditation enables us to interpret and live our lives according to God’s will as we worship him in spirit and truth.
So ditch the five minute devotional that you manage to read at the stop lights you hit on the way to work and drink deeply from the well of living water. Read the Scriptures routinely and then “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). As Thomas Brooks urges us to remember, “it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian” (Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, p. 21-22).