It’s been a couple of weeks now since we were hit by the winter storm that stopped everybody in their tracks. It’s been interesting to chat with people from different parts of the county to hear about the particulars of how they weathered the storm. I’ve even picked up a few practical ideas for the next time a storm threatens to interrupt our electricity.
I’ve also enjoyed hearing about what people did to pass the time while they were stuck inside for days at a time. Playing games, watching movies, reading, baking, spending time on Facebook, listening to music…
One thing people did was read more on the internet. I know because during that week of the storm my blog views almost doubled! I’m human enough to get enthused when my audience grows but also realistic enough to recognize that it wouldn’t stay that high once the captive audience was set free.
Sadly, we do the very same thing to God. We get busy running and going and doing and miss time listening to our Creator until something BIG or dramatic stops us in our tracks and we become attentive to His presence.
God delights in nothing more than being with us! He gave everything, even His very Son, in order to make intimate fellowship with Him possible. It’s not something we should feel obligated about, but something we should recognize as a privilege unlike anything else in life. But we first have to be willing to slow down. David said it best when he wrote…
Be still and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10
Eight simple words that are not always so easy to live out. We are a people who thrive on the next activity. We have trouble pausing long enough to listen to God and pursue deeper intimacy with Him. But it is the essence of life! I also like the way that Eugene Peterson states it in The Message:
Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.
Don’t wait for the next dramatic event to stop you in your tracks, take time today to step out of the rat race and enjoy God’s presence.