It was another Sunday afternoon. It was the beginning of the year and was rather warm… no …hot!
Fortunately, there was a slight breeze rustling the trees and giving the impression that it just might be cool. It was quiet .. except for that distant sound of a praying group that seems to be playing the music rather loud … and the cockerel that seems to think it is morning every 10 minutes… ‘wake up! … it is morning! .. time to get up and do something! … let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go! … he seemed to be saying.
Only it was now 4:30 in the afternoon and in fact the day was almost done.
Something seemed to be wrong with the cockerel’s body clock … rather like ours goes off sometimes. Yes, those of us who want to just keep going, never stopping for a break, never stopping to spend some me time, never stopping long enough to recognize that the time to go has past, and it is now time to take a break. And much like the cockerel drives those around it crazy, so do we, with our insistence on the urgency of the matter as though it were in fact a life and death issue… when to others, there are more important things that matter.
The cockerel was clearly not understanding what was happening in its surroundings and was giving a false alarm every 10 minutes or so. It sounded confused, and many simply wanted it to shut up.
Are you like this? Are you focusing on the wrong things in your surroundings and life? Are you looking at the big picture or are you only noticing that thin ray of light coming through the cracks, and feeling the pressure to do something about it right now! Are you constantly putting yourself under pressure, sounding the alarm for action lest there be certain failure in getting your daily bread?
Or have you instead stopped for a moment… just long enough to recognize that it is God who gives? Have you stopped long enough to recognize that running longer and putting yourself and others under pressure more and more does not necessarily allow you to reap and enjoy those benefits you are running so hard to receive? Are you losing sight of the vision … the real reason why you are doing what you are doing… to live a better life? Have you stopped long enough to remember God, pray and even recognize the blessings that He is giving you already?
Yes, hard work pays, and is necessary… but so is some rest… just enough to allow you to re-focus on the right things, pray to God for guidance, and gain the wisdom and strength you need to forge ahead successfully, peacefully and in harmony with your environment much like the wise old elephant strolling peacefully through the Garden.