6" X 6" Oil on Raymar
Flowers are. Their purpose in life is "to be".
People do. Their purpose in life is often to accomplish.
Our mere existence, or idleness, is generally not accepted in our culture. Don't we all have a "To Do" list - if not on paper, at least in our heads? We do our chores, do our homework, do errands, do church, do taxes, do yard work, do school activities, do our exercises, do work assignments, do whatever it takes to get ahead......need I say more?
At a recent Africa Reflections meeting (recap of the mission trip), Allen Mounts, team leader, opened his presentation by stating their main purpose for this trip was "to just be" with the Maasai tribe, not necessarily "to do",...... although, of course, they did. Honestly, being a queen-doer, I was a little disappointed to hear that. I felt my spirit drop just a bit because selfishly, I was hoping to be moved by all the things they did - after all, I had a lot of prayer time invested in this trip!!
Well, that was until I heard, and saw, how the "to be" went down! I love Allen's phrase "to be", but from my perspective, it looked a little more like "walking along side of". You see, they ate with them, and talked with them, and played with them, and worked with them, and learned with them, and prayed with them, and worshipped God with them. They shared special moments with them when no words need to be spoken. They made a huge impact on each other, as evidenced by the visible emotion and audible passion in each of the team members that spoke that evening. I wish you had been there - it was a powerful evening!
"Be still and know that I am God."