"Be still and know that I am God"- Psalm 46:10
I have always called the above verse my 'life' verse. A few years ago I was going through some trials and I distinctly heard God telling me to 'be still'. I am one of those people who always wants an answer 'yesterday', so learning to 'be still' was, and is, a real stretch for me. Of course, I am finding that it's a real stretch for most people.
Lately, I have heard God telling me to 'be still'....again! This time it is not because I am anxious about anything, but because I have had a hard time finding real, honest to goodness, alone time with Him. Life is busy and I am having trouble shutting out life! You know how it goes. You start out with the best intentions. "Tonight I am going to spend some alone time with God. I am so excited. Here I come God!" Then, you get home.........
The intentions fly out the window as you are greeted at the door by 3 girls who are 'dying' to tell you about their day and ask you to drive them all over town to a variety of places they need to be. Before you leave, though, they pull out various pages of paper and begin to read them, usually simultaneously as a bonus effect, and ask for your signature. Just as you pull into the driveway from being their personal chauffeur, one of them is curteous enough to inform you that you need to go to the store and pick up some *insert item here*. Even though, you just left the store and made it a point to ask them if there is ANYTHING else we need! The cell phone begins to ring as people realize you are off of work. You notice the dog is licking the floor and you come to the conclusion that nobody remembered to actually feed the dog. We only discussed it 5 times that day. ETC! The list goes on. By the end of the night I plop into bed, bow my head, say a prayer, grab my Bible and try to read, at least, one chapter. Yes, it's quiet, but it's not quality time. And, to be honest, just because the house is quiet, my brain usually isn't. It's still trying to figure out what happened when we walked in the door.
I asked my Bloggin' Buddy, CDCVersion, if she had any suggestions and she came up with an idea for Indian Lake Papa to host a poll asking readers to share what they do when they want quiet time with God. It was an awesome idea and many readers have shared their 'secrets'. (If you haven't read CDC's or Papa's blogs....please do! You won't be disappointed. Just click on their names:) I am looking forward to reading the responses again and 'stealing' some habits!