And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide…Genesis 24:63a
The cow stands alone In the cold, damp field It chews the cud Extracting every nutriment of earthly food It is not despairing In the wide, green land It is intent and persistent Pausing to grow Digesting every satisfying goodness Such are the chosen When facing strong storms They chew the cud Extracting every nutriment of mental food They are not despairing In this wide, green land They are determined and hopeful Pausing to grow Taking in every worthwhile event
If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes, could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable society and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities which now have such charms for them. We should all know more, live nearer to God, and grow in grace, if we were more 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. Let us count nothing common or unclean, but feel that all created things point to their Maker…
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 at eventide, but if not, the Lord is in the town too, and will meet with thee in thy chamber or in the crowded street. Let thy heart go forth to meet Him.
Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, p. 456.