I have a hard time truly relaxing and turning my brain off. Have you ever heard the song Flight of the Bumblebee? That’s the status of my brain on most days. Maybe you can relate with me?
I recently planned an event for work, and there’s always a million things to think about when putting an event together for several hundred people. I had to-do lists upon to-do lists. I think I even had a list of my to-do lists so I didn’t forget anything. My brain was functioning in overdrive to remember all the things that needed to be handled. I found myself saying, “If I just make it to X point, I will feel better and I can coast to the end.” However, my X point kept moving farther and farther, and I realized that it was really easy for me to wish away the whole event because my mind was preoccupied with all the details.
Life goes by so fast, and it can easily be swallowed up in an autopilot blur or overdetailed minutiae. I have found myself craving stillness and asking God to quiet my mind a lot lately. I have realized how important it is to purposefully be still and know God. The Psalmist expressed this, too.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!Psalm 46:10
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.Psalm 4:4
We are all so busy, and not with bad things. We’re busy with the things God has given us to do–work, children, spouse, school, caring for sick relatives, loving and serving the people in our church body, etc.
I know we’ve all heard it before, but stillness is not a valued commodity in our society. We need to walk around the grocery store with earbuds in. We need to have a TV or music playing at all hours. We need to scroll through our phones the moment we wake up. We welcome distractions sometimes instead of devoting time to Scripture reading, prayer, and personal reflection on our sin or God’s goodness. Those moments of quiet can lend to deeper intimacy with God–Elijah experienced God in a still, small voice.
And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.1 Kings 19:11-13a
For Elijah, this came on the heels of his victory on Mount Carmel, and the Lord found him bemoaning the fact that he was all alone in his stand for truth. That’s the moment God demonstrated His power and yet came to Elijah in that still, small voice.
Sometimes, don’t you just crave God in the hustle and bustle of this life? I do, too! My prayer is that He will quiet my soul, that I will be still, that I will see God’s face, that I will feel God’s presence, that I will hear His voice, and that I will be near enough to smell His sweet fragrance–the familiar fragrance of one Who is known.