Be Still and Know That I Am God!
The Psalmist words have never echoed so loud! Although our lives have slowed down and grown quieter, that quiet is unsettling for many who are accustomed to a fast pace and constant noise. Although we may initially perceive it as a threat, this quiet is a divine invitation. Blaise Pascal once wrote, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."
We tend to focus our attention "out there" because we are afraid of confronting what is "in here." Yet the wisdom of the saints both present and past suggests that our efforts to find fulfillment out there are doomed to fail. The secret is, we already possess within us all that we need. We simply do not sit still enough or quiet enough to be able to recognize it.
ow that many of us find ourselves prevented from engaging in our usual incessant activity and deprived of our many habitual diversions.
What if, rather than filling the time and silence with extra hours on the Internet or Netflix we embraced the silence and endeavored to listen more attentively to that small, still voice that has been calling to us from within all along?
What if, in the moments when those afflictive thoughts are growing louder and louder, we met those thoughts with silence or perhaps a simple prayer like "Come, Holy Spirit"?
Maybe then, like the saints before us, who were also challenged with world changing events, we could discover greater peace, joy, and gratitude in these days, even in these most difficult days. Should we follow their example and accept this ordained invitation to quietly listen to God in prayer, maybe then we will find, that when the world is fully open again, we will be less dependent upon the world for our contentment and self-worth, and then, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
God's peace be with you!