Drive Slowly, Meadowlarks Singing

January 10, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Genesis 1:21 – And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

As we were "buzzing" down an old highway on a weekend trip to the States last spring, we came upon a farmer's field that contained the following message, each word on its own sign and set in succession in a row, about 20 feet apart:

DRIVE

SLOWLY

MEADOWLARKS

SINGING

One couldn't help but feel the impact of those four words. Who, with windows rolled up, the buzz of the engine, whirr of the air-conditioner, output of the radio, or just good old conversation, was even thinking of birds out there singing? Who, without being reminded, would have thought to drive slowly, roll down the windows and listen to the meadowlarks?

Who was so thoughtful as to remind us, and by whom had they been inspired?

No matter what the phrase, "Wake up and smell the coffee", "Take time to smell the roses", or "Drive Slowly, Meadowlarks Singing", they have all been created to get us to stop and appreciate all that God has given and continues to give us, to take the time each day, to "be still", if only for a moment, and know that He is God.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, may we remember to be ever thankful for the little things that we forget to notice, or take so much for granted, or forget to appreciate. We thank you, Father, for those people in our lives who, in their gentle ways, remind us of all that you offer us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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