The Surprise of Stillness

January 12, 2011

We absolutely hate to sit still.  Think about it, we have to keep moving.  It may be in our cars, going to the store, going to work or going through the drive-through at McDonald’s. It may be in our house on the computer, checking e-mail, looking at Facebook, texting or watching television.  Whatever you choose, chances are you can’t sit still either.

I am watching the news this morning and it is proving my point.  Reporters are at the side of Interstate 75 showing a 3-mile long line of cars and trucks sitting still.  At the airport the reporter shows travelers sitting still and rows of planes sitting still.  According to reports not one plain has taken off this morning from the worlds busiest airport.

It seems like with all this stillness it is a perfect time to hear the voice of God.  After all, what else is there to do that is more important.

Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know that I am God…

This verse is a great reminder to us about the power of stillness.  Unfortunately sometimes it takes something as dramatic as a snowstorm to give us pause and to let us become still. 

Today as the first day of the corporate fast begins, embrace the stillness.  As you dig into the Word let it permeate into your soul.  Let the fact that you are stuck draw you closer to the Father.  Let the things that are important be important.

Yesterday I went outside with my 8 year old daughter and 4-year-old son and made memories.  We tromped through snow in the woods behind our house following the tracks of several deer.  We slid down the snow and ice encrusted street on a piece of plastic and laughed when we crashed to a stop.  We fell on our backs in the snow and just enjoyed the stillness.  All of which is not typical Monday behavior for any of us.  The stillness didn’t allow me to be particularly productive, but when then we came inside and sat by the fire sipping hot chocolate, my daughter said, “Dad, this was the best day ever!” 

Thank you Lord for the stillness that causes me to see what’s important.