Both my mother and mother-in-law's favorite scripture. "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Be Still!? Can I be still? I don't think I can. Women, we multitask. That's the way I'm wired, and I can say the same for nearly all my friends as well. Heck, even men these days are multi-tasking-it.
I think it may be our generation - what are we? Generation X? Or do we as a generation have ADD? I mean it. In this multimedia first-world, do we know what it means to "be still?" When was the last time you were still? That vacation a few months ago, that feels like years ago now, and even then there was still a toddler, or two or three. And when I do sit still, my i-Phone calls my name with facebook, e-mail, and calendar alerts. Even on my commute, where I continually vow to be better at praying, or at least at singing worship songs, I find I must catch up on current events - it is an election year and I want to do my civic duty and vote - or phone calls to friends and family. And again, prayer and worship are pushed aside.
I, for one, am undereducated on how to "be still." Generational or choice, I know I need to take a cue from my mother's generation and sit down and pray.
Or, maybe even get down on my knees, and give it to God.
Dear Lord of all creation, you've blessed us with abundance in our fast paced world of comforts, technology and family. Help us count and appreciate those blessings. We come to you today, however, asking that you teach us how to take pause. Help me "be still." Help me to know you. Sometimes, I can't hear you because of the noise of this world. I can't see you in the glare of my i-Phone. I need you to redirect me to you. Especially now, as I am carrying your precious creation. The work that is going on inside me is nothing short of a miracle. Help me to be still and know that you are God of all, especially me, in my attention-deficit world.
(--ME, written August 2012 prior to my second miscarriage)