We love efficiency.
From the Industrial Revolution to our modern Age of Technology and Information, we have developed innovations to make our lives more simple and efficient.
Yet somehow efficiency turned into over-booked schedules, fast food, sound bites, and overstimulation.
And then the earth experienced COVID-19.
One could almost hear the world machine screeching and grinding into a lower gear and in some places, a complete stop.
Now, I’m not saying the coronavirus itself is a blessing. But I have noticed some blessings come from staying home and doing less.
More time with our families. More time for healthy meals. More time to read. More time to rest. More time with our Creator and His creation. More time for art and music.
We are rediscovering God, ourselves and those we love again!
God invented the concept of less is more.
Throughout the Bible, we see how God uses the smallest and/or least of people and resources to do amazing things.
- God used David, a teenage boy to kill a giant with a sling and a stone (1 Samuel 17).
- Jesus fed 5,000 men with a little boy’s lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6).
- God used Gideon (self-proclaimed weakest in his tribe) to defeat thousands with only 300 (Judges 6-7).
- God used a widow’s single jar of oil to pay off her many debts (2 Kings 4:1-7).
- Jesus’ death on a cross brought life to the entire world (2 Timothy 1:10, John 3:16.)
God is teaching us valuable lessons during this time of social distancing.
Are we listening? Will we be changed for the better?
“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:32
P.S. This post is shorter because less is more! 😊
What is God showing you? Please share your comments and prayer requests below.
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I’m finding reassurance in knowing that my faith is stronger than my fear Ms. Beckie. Am I fearful for loved ones who are more susceptible to illness and disease? Yes. Am I fearful for myself. Absolutely not. I know where I’m going. 🙂 God’s blessings ma’am. And yes, spending more time around the ranch and with my family is indeed a special blessing for me. Just wish it would stop raining!
Amen, J.D.! God help us have faith stronger than our fear. Your perfect love casts out our fears.
Blessed assurance, J.D. Thanks to our Lord Jesus, I have it, too. Like you, I have concern for family and friends who are susceptible to illness—especially those who don’t know the Lord.
Great thoughts Beckie. It’s good to slow down and ponder, even when it is forced upon us!
Yeah, it’s funny how we sometimes need to be forced into slowing down. Help us to “be still and know you are God.”
Thanks for your comment, Signora! Blessings to you and yours.
I’m discovering every day that less is more, Beckie. Self-quarantine does have it’s benefits and blessings just as you listed in this post. Maybe, this experience will alter forever what we place our ultimate values upon.
Yes, Martha. I agree in prayer with you that God would use this time of less stuff, activities, etc. But instead we would receive MORE of Him!
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
Thanks, Carlos! Love this image and scripture.
Thank you, Beckie, for your encouraging post. I agree, less is more….but my husband is a more-is-better kinda man. So. my house gets interesting at times! 🙂 <3.
Stephanie, I smiled when I read this. But your comment begs a conversation. I hope you will pm and give me more details. lol!
Blessings, sweet sister!
The stories I could tell!😊
Such a great word, Beckie. Love this thought: “One could almost hear the world machine screeching and grinding into a lower gear and in some places, a complete stop.” Yes, we can find the blessing in the midst of this crisis. Rebooting our lives with what matters most, our relationship with God and others.
Reboot is a good way to put it, Karen. I pray we will receive such life change during this time that we will never want to go back to anything that kept us from a thriving relationship with the Father.
HI beckielindsey, I agree that this time of quietness and still is a blessing. We should take this time to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. iquacs
Yes I couldn’t agree more. I started my journey as a minimalist in 2017
Covid has also changed my perspective on life. I wrote a post on that.
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