Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God;”
Be still. I wish I knew what that felt like. With two kids, another on the way, two dogs, a full time salary job, and being a wife, not to mention Girl Scouts, having friendships, visiting family and events to attend – what!? Be still? Where do I find the time? When do I even get the chance to breathe at times? Sit down and be undisturbed on the couch – does that even exist? We all have so much going on in our lives, and we all lose focus on what is really important.
I did a trip a little over two years ago. I drove and hiked on the parkway for two days all alone, and here are some of the things that really stuck out to me even to this day.
Up on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, the birds were just happy flying around and finding food. They had no worry at all. So, why do we worry? God tells us….Matthew 6:25-26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” We all worry about how we will pay for bills, clothes, gas, hospital bills, and so much more. What does this look like in our prayer time with God? Are we really praying each day for these things, or are we praying when we have breakdown moments or maybe not praying at all?
Then there was a huge storm brewing on one of the mountain tops, but the mountain was so high that the storm clouds could not get around it. So it was broken apart after about 15 minutes and became small clouds with no rain. God took this “storm” and broke it up into something small. This really made me think and became such an eye opener. We all take something that looks so big, and we feel like it will blow up with a storm, but if we put our trust in God, He will help us break it up. He will help us see that it is manageable, and we can overcome any storm at all. Don’t let the “storms” overtake you. Crush them with prayer!
Then there was a snake on a trail to a beautiful waterfall. Guess what I did? Ran like no other to the waterfall when I heard the snake and on the way back, prayed and ran back through the same spot. This to me was terrifying, because I was all alone. Or thought I was. God helped me get through this and with no harm. The entire trip He protected me, and I drew so close to Him. He challenged me to overcome things and really see His beauty all around.
So why now, back in the real world with family, job, and so much more, do I lack the time to make for him? Why do so many of us lack the relationship that we are called to have with God? Because we don’t make the time. We need to set time aside each day to have with Him. Whether it’s on your way home from work, parking on the mountain in a special spot for a little bit, locking yourself in the bathroom or closet (not recommended – the kids still find you), find somewhere that you are alone with Him. He wants you to have the strongest relationship with Him before anyone on this earth!
Make time for God! Take time to BE STILL.
Written by Sara Bankard