Sharing glimpses of my journey through life as I endeavor to Fully Rely On God for Peace

Be Still

I have to say one of the hardest things for me to do is to be still. Not so much slow down physically…I probably do a bit too much of that. But rather, to slow my brain down long enough to just be quiet, to stop all the thoughts and conversations in my head and sit with God.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite songs from childhood, “Cats in the Cradle” which was co-written by the late Harry Chapin and his wife, Sandy, and released on his 1974 album Verities and Balderdash. Although it was Chapin’s only #1 single, it quickly became one of the most notable songs in the folk rock genre, and is still the work for which he is best known. Inspired by the strained relationship between Sandy’s ex-husband and his father, “Cat’s in the Cradle” contains the poignant message of the importance of taking the time out of our busy schedules to make time for those who are most important to us.

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, I’d like to see you, if you don’t mind
He said I’d love to Dad, if I could find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking you Dad, it’s been sure nice talking to you

That can be quite the challenge can’t it? Juggling church, work, community, school, and family schedules can leave a person exhausted and feeling overwhelmed. And it may seem impossible to carve out time in our day to connect with our spouse, our children, or our parents. How much more difficult is it to slow down long enough to spend time with God? Not just prayers in passing. But to be still long enough to hear from him. I find that connecting with God through prayer isn’t as challenging as mediation. I can pray while I’m walking or driving or cooking or shopping. I can even say when I’m done, “It’s sure nice talking to you “Dad”, it’s been sure nice talking to you.” But, that’s the problem. I’m the one doing all the talking!

I think it’s significant that God gives us this reminder in Psalms 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God.

God loves me so much, that he doesn’t want to merely hear from me from time to time or to even hear from me constantly through prayer. He genuinely longs to spend time with me so that I can hear from Him. He wants to quiet my fears and whisper words of encouragement and guidance. He wants me to know Him and hear His direction for my life. He wants me to simply take the time to be still.

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  • 1 crossmage yazmış:

    Cat's in the Cradle has been around long enough for me to have started listening to it when I could identify with the youngest child – as i would listen to the song while my father was out working all night again. And in time, I got to be the man with the kids having the flu and unable to visit my father. Now my father is gone and my kids are near grown….

    So when do we sit with God and try to have some quality time with him instead of vague, half-mumbled words as we fall asleep or are about to chow down? I was inspired by this enough to just take a few minutes to close my eyes and become still and try to sit in the presense of God – not talking, just chilling, and letting who he is cane who I am.

    And of course I promptly started falling asleep. The mental muscles or capabilities for that sort of ability seem atrophied from lack of use. I feel like I will have to work and build up endurance to accomplish this.

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