Quinn G. Caldwell
[True story: a young dating couple recently started attending one of our churches. Bekky had been in the UCC before, and besides bringing him to a UCC congregation, she also got Rick to sign up for the Daily Devotionals. They got so into reading them together each morning that one day, Rick wrote a special one to surprise Bekky. They shared it with their pastor Mark Winters, and he got their permission to share it with you:]
Stillspeaking Daily Devotional
May 18, 2013
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
When I bought this house almost 2 years ago, one of the main reasons I bought it was the natural wetland behind it. I thought, "How beautiful, I can wake up and enjoy it daily." So I committed that every day I would start my day by identifying some life out of my window.
This morning I jumped up to get my day started, thinking of all the things I had to do today, those daily tasks that once done today reappear tomorrow. I looked out the window for my quick glance to catch some life, and I didn't see anything—not a robin flying or a duck dabbling. I saw nothing and I was anxious to get my day going so I scanned the wetland for life just so I could get this task done and move onto more important things.
Then it hit me. I was missing the very point of my commitment. I promised to take the time and enjoy God's natural beauty in this wetland everyday and now it was just a task. I relaxed, closed my eyes, and reopened them and the wetland was alive with birds, ducks, and prairie grasses erupting from the soil. The moment I took the time to really look, it was all there right in front of me.
In what other areas in my life am I missing everything, in my rush to do everything? My children, my friends, my family, the love of my life? How would my perspective change if I took the time to really appreciate them and everything right in front of me?
Lord, help me to see that which you have put in front of me. Amen.
About the Author
Rick is a guy in love with Bekky, the woman of his dreams, and hopes that one day she will do him the honor of marrying him. He is also the father of two amazing kids: Maya and Mason, 8 and 8, and nearly a member of First Congregational UCC of Napierville, IL.
[End devotional. Everybody, go now and do likewise. Oh, and Bekky? That boy's a keeper. If you like it, you better put a ring on it.]
God, fill your people so full of your Spirit that they cannot help but write and tell the world about you. Make us all like Rick. Amen.
Quinn G. Caldwell is Pastor and Teacher at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Syracuse, New York, and co-editor, with Curtis J. Preston, of the Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ, published by The Pilgrim Press.