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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Being Still

Technology is a wonderful thing, that is until it does not work properly. As I am writing I am having an issue with the Internet connection on my computer. So, as any good non-technological savvy person would do, I called Geek Squad. To my dismay, they want me leave my laptop with them for a couple of days to work on it. Whatever shall I do without my HP Pavilion that I am soooo dependent upon? It is my connection to the world and the world’s connection to me. On second thought, this actually may be a good thing.

I told my teenage daughter, who thinks texting is considered a hobby, when I was growing up (yes one of those speeches) we did not have texting, Internet or personal cell phones. The shock on her face made me feel like I grew up roaming the earth with the dinosaurs. After she got her composure together enough to speak she said, “How did you survive?”

Survive I did. How? I did not know any different. I had no base of knowledge concerning what life was like when you had the ability to take your work home with you, work till midnight or get cell phone calls in the middle of every lunch, and dinner, and shopping trip, and doctor’s appointment and even on the beach relaxing and “getting away from it all”. (Yes Rascal Flatts, I miss Mayberry too.)

Don’t get me wrong, technology is a good thing. I am a huge fan of it. But I know if I am not careful I will get so busy doing that I forget I am not the HP Pavilion with the ability to run 24/7.
I have to remind myself I am not called a Human Doing but a Human Being.

Psalm 46:10 does not say, “Be busy and know that I am God”. It says, “BE STILL and know that I am God."

The Hebrew word for “be still” is raphah which means to sink, relax, to let drop, withdraw, idle, to refrain, to let go, be quiet. Do those words sound like Greek to you as they do to me?

In the time before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their food. Ice houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. Each winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the ice houses and covered with sawdust and often the ice would last well into the summer.

One day while working in his ice house the owner lost his very expensive watch. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but was unable to find it. His employees also looked, but their efforts also proved futile. A small farm boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch. Amazed, the men asked him how he found it. "I closed the door," the boy replied, "lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still and soon I heard the watch ticking."

Let’s stop and think for a moment and ask ourselves a very serious question. When was the last time we were so still and quiet we actually heard a watch tick? Can we even remember?

It is in the quite moments that we will hear God, feel God, know God and find God.

God is near and He is speaking in the ice house of our lives, but whether we are still and quiet enough to hear Him is up to us.

I promise, if you purpose to live Psalm 46:10 you will find in those moments is where God's grace resides for all 24/7 of your life!

Trying to Be Still,
Tina

p.s. I'm back on line!

1 comment:

Pat said...

Tina,
I was just watching the Opera show.
A busy mother who was also vice principle of a school, accidently left her 3 year old daughter in her car for 8 hours and she died. She said she was just so busy and uptight with all her responsibilities she forgot her. This blog is right on for all of us today to "be still and know God" and SLOW DOWN!!