It is a different world. When I was young, I was allowed very little squirming in the pew on Sunday. Today’s child lives in a different world. A squirmier world. I empathize with a parent of a young child today. It’s tough battling a world that feeds off of constant movement.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
God might have said above, “Listen up!” or “Stop it!” instead of “Be still.” It seems that no generation was immune to the noise of the environment drowning out the voice of God. That voice is oxygen to the soul. The 4th Commandment (Sabbath) acknowledges our need to knock off completely on a regular basis.
Consider today how much time you take off from everything. Unplugged. No multitasking. Alone. Banishing the “To Do” list running through our head. Feeling guiltily aimless.
God does not shout over our busyness and our noisy lives. Yet God holds the key to the oasis we desperately seek in the storm. We need to hear God.
The world will not end if we stop. But we might just start living if we do. Be still today. As in, “Stop it!”