The last few weeks have been crazy. Not only are the Holidays upon us, but we have had a frenzied pace at the office as well. Traveling during the day, trips to the grocery store (even though we just went yesterday), cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping, house guests coming in and others leaving, and to top it off – we “adopted” a stray puppy on a recent trip to see relatives in Memphis. And I won’t bore you with all the other activities and stresses related to ministry (revamping the website, taping a television interview, etc.).
Tis the season to really get stretched to the max.
Then, in His “still, small voice” God whispered to me through this picture from one of my favorite places on earth – the Tetons…. “I am still here – I am still in charge – I still am all you need”. The Tetons are such a vivid representation of His majesty – of His reality. Only God could create such beauty. But what really struck me about this picture was the small pond in the foreground.
The reflection of the mountains majesty is almost perfect. God asked me “why is that?” It’s really not hard to see why – because it is calm…..still.
1 Samuel 12:16 – Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God.
God wants us to learn to still our heart, still our mind, and still our soul for two main reasons:
1. To experience His presence in more personal and profound ways
2. To reflect His image (to represent Him clearly) to the world around us.
Genesis tells us that man is made “in the image of God”. If the water in our respective “ponds” is rippled with busyness, self-focused activities and stress – how are people ever to see that image accurately? How are we to ever experience God’s presence (joy, wisdom, peace, etc.)?
Join with me this Holiday season in making time to get alone with the Father, to retreat from the pace, to sit at the foot of the mountains – and be still…take a few breaths…relax…talk face to face with Majesty.
Then, maybe we can become better reflections.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.
You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.