“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth”
As a child, I wasn’t a huge fan of nap time. Now, as I’ve gotten older I really enjoy taking naps. In fact, Saturday and Sunday are my favorite days of the week to nap!
Nearly every Sunday for as long as I can remember we’ve taken a Sunday nap. It was something my Mom did as a child and something I plan to continue with my children someday.
About a week ago we decided to take a Saturday nap in the living room. Bradley and Billie Jo pulled out sleeping bags, Daddy got comfy in his camo recliner, and Mom and I shared our sectional couch.
Up above my head, there’s an analog clock I got one year at Christmas in our Crazy Santa game. I guess I’ve always known that the clock ticks but that Saturday I was able to really hear it tick.
It was slow and steady. Calming and reassuring. I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 46:10 where we’re told to be still.
As long as there are working batteries in the clock it ticks. But I rarely hear it. Why? Simple. The distractions of life. Conversations with loved ones, T.V. shows and movies, laughter, social media, etc.
The living room is one of the most used rooms in our house. Life happens in this room every single day. And most days life is anything but quiet. If nothing else there’s usually some sort of background music.
I was reminded that just like the clock continues to tick even when I can’t hear it, God is the same way. He is actively working in our lives. Sometimes the work is visible to the naked eye; the simple blessings He provides, etc. Other times we don’t physically see Him at work. He’s behind the scenes working things for our good (Romans 8:39). Arranging events to reach us, remind us, and encourage us all while bringing glory to Him. Communicating with us, showing us just how deep and wide His love is (Romans 8:38-39).
The best way to be able to hear the clock tick is to silence all of the distractions. Turn the T.V. off, stop the talking, and put the phone down. The same is true with God. He’s there just like the clock. In order to really hear Him, we need to silence life’s distractions.
Until next time,