Be Still!

Alice Bones

Whatever happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer we remember from childhood? Seems like today we are much too busy, even in the summer. We are busy getting the kids to various camps, VBS, swim lessons, and all their extra activities that can’t be fit into the school year. We are busy with yard chores and house maintenance. We have our cell phones, iPads, and laptops near us at all times so that we can stay plugged in and tuned in. We work hard to be caught up at work so that we can take a week’s vacation, only to be swamped when we get back. Now let’s talk about that vacation. We drive to faraway places, pack our days full of activities before we pack up the car and drive home. At home we unpack, do loads of laundry, and go through the tons of mail that have accumulated while we were gone. WHEW, no wonder we stay exhausted. We need a vacation from our lives.  

Or, better yet, we should take a cue from Psalms 46:10a, “Be still, and know that I am God...” 

When was the last time, as you were scurrying around, that you thought to yourself that it has been a long time since you had seen a lightening bug? My guess is that if you were to stop and be still, you would begin to see those little flying lights all over the place. Perhaps God is just reminding us to be still.

I was driving home the other evening, feeling kind of blue and melancholy for no particular reason, when I noticed the traffic had stopped on the street up ahead. As I drove closer I saw the reason. Crossing the road was a single-file line of seven waddling, young ducklings. My God of order, timing and humor, gave me what I needed to laugh and put life in perspective. It was God’s teaching moment. I went home and sat still on my patio and let God remind me that He is indeed my God.

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