"Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor, it's off to the races everybody out the door. I'm feeling like I'm falling behind, it's a crazy life. Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can, trying to push a little harder, trying to get the upper hand. So much to do in so little time, it's a crazy life. It's ready, set, go it's another wild day when the stress is on the rise in my heart."
Sound familiar? Life is busy. No, let me reword that: Life is crazy busy! We spend our lives in one big crazy rush, juggling school, work, projects, appointments, and the like, and have no time to sit, relax and reflect. What happened to the little things in life? What happened to the smiles on our faces and the memories we made? What happened that took all our personal prayer time away? Isn't there more to life than rushing from one appointment to another? I think so.
You see, human beings were not made simply to be robots, rushing hither and thither simply to accomplish a set of tasks in a day. If that were the case we would be no better than animals. What do animals do? Wake up, eat, drink, do a few other things, and then go to sleep again. Surely human beings, made in the image of God, are more than that. God gave us life. Life is a verb. After all we do move, do we not? Therefore life is a verb. The verb tense for life is live. Human beings were made to LIVE: Love, Invest, Vision, Eternity. That is in itself is an immense subject I hope to do a blog series on eventually, but that is not the topic to be covered in this post.
So with all of this rushing around, when was the last time we had time to, well, not rush around? When was the last time we spent quality time with family and friends? When was the last time we opened our Bibles and realized that it doesn't just say "Go!" but that it also says "Be still"? The very same Jesus who said for us to go and make disciples told the sea to be still.
I'm not saying a busy life is a bad life, but we tend to lose sight of the little things as well as the big picture when we focus too much on merely getting through a day's schedule. We may have accomplished everything on our to-do list for the day, yet not even take the time to give a hug to a family member or friend who wasn't feeling to well that day, or to even notice they weren't feeling well. We may have made it to the end of another day yet totally forget the big picture, the "why" behind it all: why we're alive, why we live another day, why do this instead of that, etc.
Psalm 46 is a very applicable passage in light of this:
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah - Psalm 46:1-7
Why do we rush? Because we want to accomplish something, is it not? Can we not trust in God, our refuge and strength? Like I said, there's nothing wrong with being busy, but oh, we cannot let the busyness of life drown out what's most important!
Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. - Psalm 46:8-9
What a mighty God! We see evidences of His handiwork all around us, whether it's the forests, the mountains, the deserts, the oceans, and all of that. It's one of the reasons I love nature. The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and the Pacific shore off of California are among two of my favorites. Nature just screams evidence of a Creator. But the works of the Lord are obviously more than just nature. Consider human life for example. Is that not a work of the Lord? Consider the salvation of souls. Is that not the work of the Lord? When we spend our entire lives rushing from start to finish we miss out on these things.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah - Psalm 46:10-11
And now we come to that phrase, "be still". Be still and know. Know what? That He is the Lord! Honestly, how much time do we spend putting away the distractions of life to worship Him? Worship does not happen only during the hour we may spend at church, nay worship can be anywhere, anytime, when we lay aside the distractions of this life and focus on the One who made the forests, the mountains, the deserts, the oceans, etc. The One who made human life. The One who has done exceedingly above everything we could ask, dream, or hope for. He is with us. And He is to be exalted. To exalt means to lift up. We need to take time to remove our focus from our schedules and turn our eyes upon Him. To spend time worshipping Him, whether that means at church, or walking in nature, or in our interactions with family and friends.
Jesus used the same phrase "be still" when He stopped the storm in Mark 4:
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still." And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. - Mark 4:39
The wind ceased and there was a great calm. How much calm to we have in our lives? How much so we appreciate those little things in life? How much do we smile and remember those memories? How often to we take out our Bibles to read and pray? How often do we "be still"? Is there a great calm, or is the storm still blowing furiously and rushing from one thing to another?
The quote I inserted at the beginning of this post is actually the lyrics to a song by Johnny Diaz called "Breathe". The song is below if you want to listen to it. The question for us is, what will we do? He said be still. Will we? Will we put away phones, books, and all other distractions, and take time breathe Him in? Will we take time to appreciate those big little things in life? Will we put a smile on our faces and remember those precious memories? Will we take out our Bibles to read and pray? It's time to be still and know.
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