“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
A jump off #38’s bottom step, a shout hello and a race across the yard. As I watched her I thought to myself, “this kid knows only one speed: fast!” Waiting for my hug and hello, I heard those two words that I could set a clock by: “I’m hungry!” As I was preparing her after-school snack, I told her to change her clothes since we had some errands to run later.
She came down wearing her pink pajamas.
I looked at her and before I could comment or ask, she simply said, “I don’t want to go. I want to stay home.” What? The seven-going-on-seventeen shopping queen actually (as in real life) telling me she doesn’t want to go somewhere…anywhere? Is this the one who’s second most spoken phrase (after “I’m hungry”) is “I’m bored; can we do something?” In short, she was pooped.
I changed my plans. We stayed home.
Just like a child who recognizes her tiredness and seeks the quiet, still side of life (even if it is uncharacteristically so) we too should learn how to stop running and just “be still”. That is how we again discover that God is God. That is when we again learn that he will be exalted among the nations and in the earth…and in the stillness of our soul.
It’s a refreshing reminder that gives us the strength to face one more day, perhaps one more trial, with confidence.
Stop the bus. Your pajamas are waiting.