Have you ever just sat very still in a room or outside with no other distractions? Or perhaps I could ask when was the last time you were just still? For me, the silence almost seems strange. I am so often busy, and my household is very, very noisy!
Something happens when you sit in a silence, and I mean complete silence. For one, it feels strange to not have all the noise and distractions. You almost just want to flip that TV back on because when it is silent, your attention can really start to focus on things that matter.
When I am being still and silent outside, I am better able to focus on the world God created. By world I mean the grass and the trees and the sky and the birds. It is amazing how relaxing this is. It is almost like we get a glimpse into what peace really should be were our world not marred by sin. I am reminded of God’s awesomeness and creativity.
When I am being still and silent inside, I look around and started thinking about all the blessings God has given me: a roof over my head, a comfortable bed, food, clothing, family…my puppy! I remember God’s goodness.
When I am being still and silent, my attention is drawn to God and those things that make Him glorious.
It almost makes me think that business and distractions might be a tool of the enemy to keep up from appreciating God and the many blessings He gives us in our lives! It is no wonder that God says, “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). When we are still we take our mind off those things that keep us busy and distracted and can focus on those things that bring glory to God.
When was the last time you were still?