Slow Down and Stand In Awe

Do you ever feel like you’re just too busy? You keep running and trying to get everything done, but know something’s got to give. And that something is almost always our one-on-one time with Jesus. Or at least it is for me.

I have seen this to be true in my life time and time again. Over the past month or two I have been especially busy. Instead of taking the time to be still before the Lord, I’ve been praying on the go. While that’s not always bad, it definitely takes a toll.

Stand in Awe

As I was flipping through the book of acts today, I came across a note I had made in the margin. I don’t know if you write notes in the margins of your Bible, but I do and I love flipping back through them.  Here’s what this one said, “Don’t just read the word, behold the mighty works of God.” Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever read the book of Acts (I’m kind of hoping you have), but this is written next to the paragraph about the ascension. Acts 1:9 says, And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight”  (ESV).

I think sometimes we get so busy reading God’s Word, that we miss that these things really happened. This isn’t just a story in a story book that someone made up, the disciples really stood there, and they saw Jesus go up in the clouds. That is just so amazing.

In Acts 2:43 it says, And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” 

That’s what happens when we get busy. We lose our awe. We stop being amazed. When we run around frantically trying to keep up, we miss seeing God move.

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God is still moving today. I’ve seen Him move in my life and in the lives of others, and I’m sure you have too. But when we get so busy, we miss God moving. We miss the awe and wonder of living in the world He created.

Have you ever just stopped and looked around and thought, “Wow. This is my life, and God gave it to me. That is so cool.”? I think when we get so busy, we forget that.  So this was my reminder to slow down today. Not to wait until tomorrow night, or the next church service, but to slow down now. To look for God in the moment, even when I’m busy.

And I would encourage you to do the same.

Join the Conversation

Do you need to remember to slow down and stand in awe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Recommended Reading

If you liked this post, I highly recommend checking out Daddy, Daddy! Guess What I Saw Today? From a flock of geese to a dog on a leash, the pages of this winsome little book are filled with things we see around us every day. Pamela A. Taylor takes those everyday items and looks at them through the eyes of a child; bringing a little awe and wonder with her. Available on Amazon.


  1. I love that God is always there ready to meet with us and welcome us. Even when we get busy and don’t take the time He patiently waits and draws us back! Amazing!

  2. It is easy to lose our awe, isn’t it? I find that writing about the Bible makes it challenging at times, as well. It’s so easy to be reading with a “what would I like to write about this” attitude, instead of a what might God want me to see in this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It really is, Donna. I lead a Bible study at my local church so I can totally relate to what you’re talking about. Too often I forget to have that personal time, and instead look for things to teach, instead of at what God might be teaching me.

  3. Heather, we all need to be reminded to slow down! I also think that sometimes we take on too much and have too many irons in the fire, which can lead to quantity, but not necessarily quality. By stepping back and doing a little less, this lends itself to quality. At least for me, anyway. Seems when I spread myself too thin, quality suffers a little. Thanks for this post, Heather! ~blessings!

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