Take time to stand still and find love in God

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The sun has been shin­ing, the chil­dren are off some have been on hol­i­day and oth­ers are plan­ning to go.

For so many this pe­riod of ‘sum­mer hol­i­days’ is care­fully planned filled with ac­tiv­i­ties and if we are lucky maybe even a trip away.

One of the things we of­ten for­get to do in our ‘sum­mer break’ is to have a break.

We can of­ten go on hol­i­day and get home ex­hausted, I have worked with col­leagues who have re­turned from hol­i­day and stated they were com­ing back to work for a rest.

One of the Bi­ble verses so of­ten quoted when we seek peace or rest in a chaotic world is Psalm 46:10 which be­gins “Be still and know that I am God.”

This verse speaks into the heart of our hu­man con­di­tion and our search for spir­i­tu­al­ity, still­ness and peace. Yet it is part of a greater con­text.

Those sooth­ing words “Be still and know that I am God” are not sim­ply to pro­vide com­fort for the ha­rassed but to re­buke a hec­tic and tur­bu­lent world, it seems to me less of an in­vi­ta­tion and more of a com­mand.

Where does that leave us this sum­mer with all our plans and our ac­tiv­i­ties ahead?

I sug­gest we look for those op­por­tu­ni­ties to be still, to take time even if it is for an hour af­ter the kids are asleep and the day is done.

Wher­ever we find that time to be still let us re­mem­ber that not only are we part of some­thing big­ger and greater, we are loved by the God who cre­ated us.

Join me this sum­mer, let’s find the time to ac­cept the in­vi­ta­tion and obey the com­mand “Be still and know that I am God.”

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