Slow Down and Look!


Revelation. Epiphany. Illumined. Enlightened. Awakened. We all have these points in life where we hit either a road block, a pit stop, a stumbling block, our breaking point, rock bottom or a wall. It is in these moments, where I believe a message awaits us.

When I was younger, when moments like these that I mentioned above happened, I would get discouraged. Seriously, I would be so hard on myself to the point where I felt like the best thing to do was give up. Maybe you have been there yourself. It is usually in these moments, once I take a step back, I am awakened to a self discovery about myself. Something I probably would had never noticed if it wasn’t for something to come into my course of life and cause me to stop.

Breaking down, stopping, resting, being able to pause is a good thing. In fact, I don’t think we do enough of it. So maybe, just maybe God allows for road blocks, walls and stumbling blocks to happen so that we can see what’s most important in our life. Maybe He wants us to slow down for a moment.

Something special happens when our course of life is forced to stop. There is an unique awareness beginning to happen. There is an array of questions beginning to form within our finite minds. We’re trying to figure out what’s going on, how can the problem(s) be solved and what do I need to do to get through this.

Life as we know it, will never be a smooth journey where the scale is consistently going up like a straight line. We know this is not how life happens. Instead, life is much more like the Millennium Force (for all of my Cedar Point riders). Life is full of thrills, ups, downs, tragedy’s, heartbreaks, memories and so on. The best thing that happens in my opinion is the discovery that you and I have the choice to do something. We have the opportunity to learn, to grow and to make changes for the better. Epiphany, revelation, whatever we want to call it, there’s a chance for us to wake up, mature and move forward.

Whatever season you are in, whatever situation you are faced with on today, take a step back and ask yourself: God, what are you trying to reveal to me? What do I need to learn about myself? How can I grow from this and become a better person? Usually, asking “why” or “why is this happening to me?” is not the right question to ask. Asking why a lot of times leads to self pity and self condemnation. The “why” will be revealed, the “why” will be discovered as you process and analyze.

God has an unique way of letting us know why we go through certain things. You may not get the answer or response you were hoping for but what you will get is a chance and opportunity to grow. If you’re like me, growing in life is important. In fact, growing remains on the priority list. We each need moments in life to slow us down. So instead of getting frustrated and upset, use these moments to clear your mind, to free your spirit and to see the good that’s about to happen.

God bless,

J Scott Samarco

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