By Barbara Daniels
As a new academic year begins, many of us see our lives pulled into an increased pace of activity. Classes, kids’ activities, sporting practices and games, even startup of committees and choir rehearsals make our lives busier than during the relatively languid summer. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but sometimes we need to slow down, take a break, and be still. Being still can help us remember who we are, who God is, and why we are here.
Throughout the Bible, God speaks to us about the necessity of quietness and contemplation. Elijah did not experience the Lord in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but in the still small voice that followed them (1 Kings 19:11-13). In Psalm 46, we are reminded that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” (Psalm 46:1, 10). And of course, Jesus knew the value of stillness, and demonstrated it for us: “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35). You can surely think of many more examples in the Scriptures.
How can we be still in such a busy world? Although we might like to, many of us cannot leave everything and go on a silent retreat in an isolated place. Here are some suggestions for ways to break into the busyness, and refresh:
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