Monday, April 11, 2011

Shhhhh

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him..." (Psalm 37:7)

This post will be simple, short, and yet perhaps contains the hardest challenge of all to live out...

I am a "doer." I am one who is always on the go, and grow restless with ideleness. I have a short attention span and have been dubbed "intenso man" by some. I'm good at "getting things done" but have a hard time slowing down. Now add a 1 year old boy to the mix and it has become a major challenge to find time to stop.

This morning, my wife is out and Brennan is napping...so I opened my Bible and read this verse, and stopped...literally, stopped. I heard God's voice saying to me, "Mike, shhhhhhhh. Be still. Quiet. Listen. I have much to say to you but first you need to stop..."

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Take a breath. Listen. Wait. God is at work. His word is living and active...and yet to hear it, we must learn to stop and listen. Maybe you already have this mastered? Maybe you have Sabbath rest incorporated into your life regularly...this challenge isn't for you.

For the rest of us, though, "Be still..."

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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