Throughout my kids’ lives I would tell them to “Be still.” In church? Be still. Trying to get strapped in a car seat? Be still. Putting goggles on their heads? Be still. Oh and my daughter’s personal favorite – getting a flu shot? Yep. You got it. Be still.
Many times it’s better if we are quiet and still instead of loud and moving about. Take the golf course, for example. Spectators need to be quiet and still while players are teeing off or putting. No screaming like you do at a football game (can you imagine screaming “MIIIIIISSSSSSS IIIIIIITTTTT!!!!” in a golfer’s backswing?). Nope – being obnoxiously loud on the golf course is seriously frowned upon.
(Sidebar: for all you annoying people who yell, “IN THE HOLE!” after every golf shot just to hear yourself on your DVR when you get home – STOP. Just stop. No one wants to hear that – especially the players.)
When you spend time with Jesus are you still? Do you focus on Him and listen for His voice? Or do you sound more like a Waffle House waitress? (Jesus I need a plate of money, with a better attitude and less stress on the side…)
If you aren’t still on the golf course you may miss a great shot or worse yet, cause a player to miss his shot. When you aren’t still in your quiet time you miss what Jesus has planned for you and you cannot hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you.
The second verse in this old Lutheran hymn is so beautiful in the way it speaks of being still: “Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake To guide the future as He has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last…”
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Don’t miss what Jesus has for you – just be still.
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