03/25/2017 - "Be Still"
“Be still (be quiet – NLV, “step out of the traffic” – The Message, “stop!” – Romanian translation) and know that I am God” Ps 46:10 (NIV).
We like to think about our life from crib to grave as a journey. Sometimes we walk; sometimes we go faster; sometimes we run. We live in an era when people do not know the verbs “to walk” or “to stop,” but just “to run…faster and faster and even faster." When we run, it is almost impossible to see what is happening around us: we cannot see nor smell a flower, we cannot hear a child crying, we cannot understand the message of a broken heart, we don’t have time to say “love you” to those whom we love. From time to time, in the middle of our busy lives, we can hear a voice whispering to us, “Step out of traffic,” “take time to know who your true God is!” In the name of living a life "to its fullest," we often sacrifice our time of rest, our relationships with family and even our communication with God. The most common excuse we use to pardon our precipitous life is, “I do not have time; I am busy.” We do not have time to listen to a cricket’s song in a summer evening because the volume of the TV is too loud. We do not have time to read a poem, to visit a museum of art or attend a concert of the symphony orchestra because “we are busy,” too busy with the material aspects of life to think and take time for our souls. When after midnight, we switch off the light to get some sleep, a small voice from inside whispers, “ 'be still, slow down' and know that I am God.” We do not have time to visit each other, to have face-to-face conversations, to accept a visit from our pastor, elder, deacon or deaconess. We look for different excuses: I don’t have time, my house is a mess, my schedule is already full, etc..etc…. We have changed our face-to-face meetings to “phone meetings,” and then to “email meetings” and then to “text meetings," What will be next? Maybe “dream meetings” or “thought meetings?” Or even worse, “no meetings” at all? God has a message for people with busy schedules, busy lives and no time for personal relationships, – “Stop! Step out of traffic and know that I am your God, a God who is not so busy that He doesn't have time to take care of your needs, to listen to your prayers and to come closer to you when you need Him.”
“All…need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God…When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. …Amidst the hurrying throng, and the strain of life's intense activities, he who is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace” MH 58.