The cottage of contentment has a low roof. Slow down, save gas, see the scenery. If you live at the rate of a mile a minute you will miss the little cottage of contentment tucked in the hollow of the hills.
These are good words for me. I like the way God wired me, but I also know how easy it is to press forward so intently I miss the joys He has for me right here, right now. I’m doing better at this than I used to but I still need of reminders like this one. I came across it this morning tidying up a bit.
The Psalmist was thinking along those lines too when he wrote:
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early. To retire late. To eat the bread of painful labors. For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (Ps. 127)
Of course those words are no excuse for inactivity, I know better. It’s just nice to be reminded (nicely) to work hard but not think it’s all up to me. To do my part, knowing (and relieved that) God plays a larger role in my success than anyone.
… those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Is. 40.31)
Any pace, any place, Lord. At Your side, knowing You are in control, I am content.