Last week, Pastor Rick's return to the pulpit began with "Reflecting on Things: part 1"
This week we continue this theme and look at scriptural examples of the idea that digression leads to reflection.
The idea here is that we each often find ourselves in a repetive rut of daily life. Things continue without us giving much thought to it. Or, sometimes, we want to give thought to it, but struggle because we lack the time. We might even cry out, "Stop the world, I want to get off," if even for a little while, so I can catch my breath. When we suddenly have opportunity thrust upon us, we stop and think about things. That tendancy to 'stop and think' is reflection. The reality of getting kicked out of our daily rut is known as digression. Thus, digression leads to reflection.
Reflection is reprocessing what already has been. The word is used with mirrors because the mirror produces nothing. It merely reproduces what already is. Congitive reflection is no different. We cannot 'reflect' on what has not yet been. We can dream or envision, but not reflect.
Is there value in such activity? Absolutely. But, this can also be abused when we allow the mind to rehash every little event in our daily life. Reflection that follows digression is of value because it should help re-center us. God wants a relationship with us. God often finds the greatest barrior to that relationship is simply the busyness of our daily lives. So, I encourage you to stop and think. Reflect on what God has done. Give God the glory.