Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God!
Be still and....wait, what? Be still....yeah that's a problem for me. I don't do "still" very well. I hated playing freeze tag as a kid because I had to freeze. Who wants to freeze? Even now, as an adult, when I try to be still I get distracted by things or people and I'm like...oh look, something shiny. The struggle is real and I'm trying to work on this.
I have an ongoing to do list and feel very ineffective if I'm not constantly marking something off the list. In fact, I often struggle at the end of a busy day when I don't see lines through many of the tasks I gave myself to accomplish at the start of the day. One time I shared this struggle with a mentor of mine and he gave me some great advice. He told me that when an unexpected task comes up I should immediately put it on my to do list, even if I've already taken care of it, so I can experience the victory of marking it off! That was a great suggestion and something I still practice today. I deal with a constant inner struggle because I require a high level of productivity from myself. I am far more demanding of myself than anyone else. And far more critical, but that'll have to wait for another time.
With each passing birthday I am discovering more and more the incredible value of being still. This is ridiculously hard to do with all of the technology readily available to help keep us on task. We have smart phones reminding us of appointments and email coming straight to our fingertips. We have children who need to be picked up, dropped off, helped with homework, fed, bathed, tucked in, woken up and on and on it goes. This isn't even touching the hundreds of other jobs and responsibilities we have to accomplish in a given day. While these things aren't bad they can serve as a distraction and hindrance to moments of solitude and stillness.
Sometimes it is necessary to lay aside the items you know are a distraction to you and focus your heart, mind and soul on the Author and Perfecter of your faith, Jesus. I challenge you to try it. Turn your phone on do not disturb, turn the radio off when you are driving somewhere alone, leave the television off when you sit down in the living room, send the kids to the backyard to play and allow the Lord to reveal Himself to you. Allow Him to give you rest. Allow Him to calm you, restore you and challenge you to pursue Him with all that you have. Open His word and meditate of the truths it contains. These moments will turn into treasured gifts you will never forget. So I dare you, be still and know that He is God!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.