the stopping place of seasonal frenzy
With the emails flooding your inbox, the requests in your voicemail and the many plans being dreamed up for the holidays, let's call it frenzied.
Maybe like me, you have your favorite brands putting promo after promo in your face and your favorite Christian author calling you to remember what's important. There is a way to hold both in tandem, because I'm a girl who likes a discount but also know Christ deserves the foremost of my attention this month.
What's the opposite of frenzy? Stillness.
Be still and know that I am God, says Psalm 46:10.
I heard someone teach on this phrase and she mentioned that ‘still’ is the Hebrew word ‘rapha,’ meaning to cease, to release, to show oneself slack.
So we could say, it is in our own stillness that He is known to us, but it is in our posture of slackening that He is made known through us.
The rest of Psalm 46:10 says, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
How amazing would it be, walking amongst a frenzied culture, to be different… and in our being different, He is made known.
Stillness before God will transform us if we let it, if we pursue it, if we make space for it.
He is the Lord over the hurry, frenzy, constant nature of things – worthy, mighty, sovereign.
But He is known in the stillness — present, smiling, generous.
Where can you carve out moments of stillness?
Let's be a steady, content, joyful people in the face of the hurry, discontentment and stress around us this month, because we have spent time being still before God. It will change us into people of love and it has the potential to make God's presence a reality for anyone who encounters us.