Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
No other season of the year seems busier than the Christmas season. While it is meant to bring us God’s gift of PEACE and JOY, we often can’t receive it because we don’t quiet our hearts and minds enough to allow God to be in the center of our activities.
It’s really hard to be still. Our mind wanders. We remember something we have to do. We think, “I’ll just do this one thing and come back.” But we don’t. One thing leads to another and we’re off and running for the day. I know because it happens to me often.
Recently, I was reading a daily devotion from the devotional book, Streams in the Desert, and the phrase “the power of stillness” jumped out at me:
“Is there anything that can touch our hearts like the power of stillness? Deep within the center of our soul is a chamber of peace where God lives, and where, if we will enter it and quiet all the other sounds, we can hear his gentle whisper.”
“Even in the fastest wheel that is turning, if you look at the center, where the axle is found, there is no movement of all. And even in the busiest life, there is a place where we may dwell alone with God in eternal stillness.”
I’m challenging myself, and you, to take time during this Advent season to experience the power of stillness. Take time to listen to the words of Christmas carols. Read the Christmas story and ponder its meaning in your life. Set aside time to pray, offering God thanks for all He has done in your life.
May you discover the power of stillness this Christmas season.