And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Luke 19:39-40 ESV

These verses of hope remind us not only that we are His, but that He is around us everywhere. Even in the depths of despair or sorrow, He reminds us that He is with us. We must only prompt ourselves to sharpen our eyes and hone our focus.

There, for example, is the smell of lilacs. Here is the soft fur and loving eyes of a pet. When we walk, His soft breeze caresses us. The soft bed He provides cradles us.

How truly are we His. We, bombarded by the minutiae of everyday lives, forget this and allow ourselves to be distracted by it all.

Draw Near to Him

However, we must be as patient with ourselves as He is with us. Gently we must draw ourselves back to Him with every gorgeous blossom and sweet scent, feel of grass or pavement under our feet, soft touch of a hand, or best of all, heartfelt hug.

It’s not surprising that we can be so overwhelmed by this over-busy, hectic life, by the very busy-ness of living. But it’s all around us…invading our every sense with its to-do lists, schedules, expectations and pressures. The imperative MUST DO bashes at us incessantly. But let us not forget—in the midst of all that doing—to watch for Him.

The Very Rocks Cry Out

As Paul said, “The very rocks will cry out.” And they do. They sparkle next to walkways, trip up an unwary toe—which usually evokes curses rather than prayers—but that toe is alive to feel, even though pain isn’t what we’d wish for.

It’s that very aliveness that we also must not forget to be thankful for, though. But, we’re inundated with the pressures of today and the sources of the stresses that drive us.

How many of us realize that those stressors are of our own making? Being only human, our minds overwhelm us with the “Have To’s.” They niggle and poke at, yammer and hammer between our ears.

Remember God Every Day

Through all that, can we, at least once a day, stop and listen to the rocks crying out, the sweet bird calls, or any music that brings us close to Him? Stopping to smell the roses can literally be a moment with God, thanking Him for that beauty and the life He gave us.

For us, the trick is to remember: remember God every day—to thank Him, praise Him, glorify and worship Him. It only takes a second to breathe out, rest our soul, and connect with our Lord and Savior.

Shall we do that now?

Devotion Written By

<a href="" target="_self">Debra Elliott</a>

Debra Elliott

Bethany United Methodist Church in Marshalltown, Iowa was my home church. My family often sang "special music" there; our favorite was "He Touched Me." I was baptized at 13, and faith has lead me on a journey through several psychological, mystical and spiritual avenues. I love God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and believe in them fully.

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