“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 NKJV
There was a moment in life where I faithfully got up every morning to spend time with God. I did it because I needed the time. I needed to start my day in His word. But then life happened. My kids tugged me in different directions. Chores, writing, and errands slowly ate at my time. Before I knew it, I stuck to the bed as I read from my Bible and stopped being intentional with my quiet time.
Gone were the times I got up and moved to a quiet room, Bible in hand and ready for the peace of being still. I longed for it, but I was stuck in a rut. How could I find my way back? Was waking up even earlier an option? Did something on my to-do list need to be pushed further down? I didn’t know, so I prayed and went on as usual.
One morning, I woke up thirty minutes before my alarm clock. Strangely, I didn’t feel tired, but I wanted to go back to sleep anyway. Only, I couldn’t. There was a nudge deep within telling me to get up. To grab my Bible and journal and go sit out on my balcony. Y’all for a few minutes I wanted to ignore the nudge, but then I realized it was answering my desire to be intentional in quiet time again. So I got up, took my Bible and journal and sat on the balcony.
A few minutes later, my oldest son came looking for me. (To say he’s an early riser is an understatement.) He asked me what I was doing so I told him, ‘spending time with God.’ He asked to join me and I said yes. How could I deny a request like that?
My son sat with me and journaled his prayer to God. In that still early morning, we sat and enjoyed God’s creation. That’s when I understood the blessing of obedience. I watched as my desire to get closer to God encouraged my son to get closer to God. I saw the beauty in being still.
So my friends, when you have those times when being still seems impossible, remember that something beautiful happens every time you take that opportunity. Sometimes that beauty is God’s smile as we seek Him. Sometimes that beauty is in the peace that floods our soul. And sometimes, the beauty is in seeing others follow our lead.
Be blessed and be still.