Friday, December 4, 2015

Be Still

Read Psalm 46

"Be still and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10

I'm spending a few days with a friend, and last night we spent the night in the country. I love being here. Their place is nestled snuggly in the Texas hill country on more than just a few acres. So it's pretty quiet here.

One of my favorite things to do while here is get up early in the morning with a cup of coffee and head out to the back porch. I have a favorite spot. From there I can watch and wait for a family of deer to come out and graze as part of their morning ritual. I seldom miss it, but this morning it was much too cold. 

It is so easy to be still here. We're rarely on a schedule or in a hurry, and life is just simpler here in the country. It takes us forever just to finish breakfast! Who has that luxury in the city?

Reflecting on all of this brought to mind today's passage, especially verse 10. We are in that time of year when being still is barely on anyone's radar. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Yet the message of the coming King begs us to stop, be still and ponder this mystery.

There are treasures we'll only discover when we allow our hearts and minds to be still. Consider where you can make time in your day to be still - no agenda, just stillness. 

Father, allow the wonder and mysetery of the Christmas season to settle on our hearts in such a way that we cannot help but be still still and marvel.