“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
I read this passage the other day in my devotions. I chuckled when I read that because some days it feels like God has caused the whole world to stop. We are reminded of what it is that God does provide for us and how precious things truly are within our lives. In the midst of the past few months, we have been reminded of how much of a gift others really are within our lives. Some of us have appreciated the time that we are able to spend with family and friends a little more, we have taken the time to call family and friends to actually catch up. This is something that many know that we should do but now we are actually doing it.
In the same way, I have heard some say that the events that once filled their calendar no longer really matter and they are finding things that are filling up their heart and lives in more meaningful ways. Making sure that they take some time to eat healthily with family, take some time to exercise, and find some time to learn and grow. I know I have taken this time to clean, study, and do some projects that I have put off for months or even years.
Yet even as I watch the news of people longing to return to life as it had been, I am also reminded of the times in which God reminded the people of God that it was not on their time that things happened but on God’s time. That when God moved the people, they moved. When God told the people to rest, they rested but it was not always without complaints.
On Wednesday nights, we have been studying Exodus and I am realizing many parallels between what the people experienced and what it is we are experiencing. While an online Bible study is not the same as in person. I know that the Holy Spirit still speaks to our hearts and minds to help us realize God’s calling but that means we need to take time to calm our own hearts and minds of our own desires.
I know that this journey has been long and hard for many of us and that we are still in the midst of it. However, I am reminded that we are able to still be together, still be living, and still be with God in the midst of it all.