Updated: Oct 23, 2020
In a culture that increasingly asks us to move faster and does more, the idea of stillness or slowing down well, seems crazy. There’s a part of us that wants to find stillness from all the busyness, distractions, and overwhelmingness of it all.
We want stillness, we want to rest, we want peace. However, the idea of stillness could be scary.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought our frantic pace to a screeching halt. My husband and I, both own businesses, parents of two children, have been keeping a rapid pace for as long as we can remember. Six weeks ago, a typical week would include working 8-12 hours, teaching yoga, bible study, gymnastics, dance, carpool homework, church, and more. When Sunday nights arrived, we were making the week’s schedule and preparing for the coming days.
Now, we watch movies, sit outside on our hammocks, take bike rides, play games, walk around the neighborhood, and actually have meals together. I have planted a garden and rekindled my love for cooking. While there have been arguments, we have been forced to appreciate the companionship with each other.
What do we do when our pace starts to pick back up?
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14)
These are the words Moses spoke to the Israelites when they had just escaped from slavery in Egypt and were being pursued by Pharaoh. They were discouraged and afraid. They did not know what was coming next, they only knew what they had left behind. This call from God “to be still” and calm while trusting Him.
All over situations look different, in each situation we are asked to stop striving and simply be still and trust that God’s faithful to his promises to care for us
Psalm 46:10“Cease striving and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
I have a heavy heart for the many horrors of this crisis, in the midst, I have been able to grow my faith, create new healthy habits, reflect, find peace in the not knowing and gratitude for many things I took for granted, as I suspect many of you have, as well.