Morning, August 15, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening.” — Genesis 24:63
Issac is to be admired for his activity. If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable associations and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the narcissism which now has such attractions for them. We should all know more, live nearer to God, and grow in grace, if we spent more time alone. Meditation chews the cud and extracts the real nutriment from the mental food gathered elsewhere. When Jesus is the theme, meditation is sweet indeed. Isaac found Rebecca while engaged in private reflections; many others have found their best beloved there.
Also admirable was the choice of place. In the field, we have a landscape hung all about with texts for thought. From the cedar to the herbs, from the soaring eagle down to the chirping grasshopper, from the blue expanse of heaven to a drop of dew, all things are full of teaching, and when the eye is spiritually opened, that teaching flashes upon the mind far more vividly than from written books. Our little rooms are not nearly so healthy, so suggestive, so agreeable, or so inspiring as the fields. Let us count nothing common or unclean, but we feel that all created things point to their Maker, and the field is a holy place.
Very admirable was the season of the day. The season of sunset as it draws a veil over the day, is fitting that tranquility of the soul when earthborn cares yield to the joys of heavenly communion. The glory of the setting sun excites our wonder, and the solemnity of approaching night awakens our awe. If the business of this day will permit it, it will be well, dear reader, if you can spare an hour to walk in the field in the evening, but if not, the Lord is in the town too, and will meet with you in your room or in the crowded street. Let your heart go forth to meet him.