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Enjoying God

October 3, 2009
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
(Westminster Catechism)

On Friday afternoon the children and I went on a beautiful Autumn walk as part of our nature studies to hunt for fungi! As it was there wasn’t much of it around due to the dry weather (try again next week…) but our walk was fresh and inspiring.

Charlotte Mason instructs that we should always have ‘nature walks’ and not ‘nature talks’; as much as I admire her wise words and direction in education it’s very difficult to explore Gods nature with three little learners without a billion questions and verbal explosions of excitement!! I do try and keep them to a minimum and encourage the children to listen and soak in the wonder of the woods!

My three little nature detectives

This week; instead of keeping Micah in the sling for the duration of our ramble we decided to let him loose and try out his new walking skills in the big wide world!

As you can imagine the walk took a lot longer than usual, even I had forgotten what it was like to walk with a toddler. This was all new to our little Micah, new things to look at, new things to touch, new sounds, new feelings. He stopped at every post, hovered over every passing dog, smiled at every stranger who caught his eye, and wanted to pick up every little stone; it was a toddler adventure.

After a while Nyah and Joel started to waver in their patience with their baby brother and we scooped him up to speed things up a little (to our normal Friday afternoon, not a care in the world ‘stroll’ pace, as appose to snail pace!!).

“Hmmm, that post looks interesting – let me go and take a closer look…”

God caught my attention again though watching my son explore at his own pace, soaking in this new experience.

I began to reflect on our pace of life; our fast as you can, instantaneous, consumeristic steps that take us through everyday. Our culture of overnight success, attention seeking fronts and ‘the magic potion’ that makes everything OK in one moment. How often do we hear ‘when I win the lottery’ rather than ‘when I’ve saved enough’; we want it BIG and we want it NOW.

But what is required of us?

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

We are not required to be ‘the best’, be the most successful, shine the most, achieve the most for Him but to simply act, love and walk with our God.

As I’ve quoted at the beginning of this post, the first question in the Westminster Catechism is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever!

Enjoy Him, soak Him up, stop at every post, take in every new sight, breath in His presence, linger, stop, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy; others may get impatient, you may not look like you’re achieving as much but deep down your soul is drinking in the depths of God, as deep calls to deep.

And sometimes we fall…

A little bump

BUT, our hope is in HIM.

“…for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.”
Prov 24:16

DON’T stay down on the ground; RISE UP and continue the race
Here is Micah, amazed by the height of the tree above him; he just stood for some time with his arms in the air soaking in this great new sight.

Let’s enjoy God today, let’s not let life rush by, be hurried by what we think is important but remember what is required of us today:

Act, love and walk with our God

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy


P. S You can now find me at; my lovely husband bought me the web address as soon as I reached ‘5000’ hits! Thanks for reading guys 🙂

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b]

[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
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