“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Yesterday I got out a DVD I’ve had for a long time called “Be Still.” It’s about contemplative prayer and features some well-known Christian authors like Beth Moore, Max Lucado, Richard Foster and Dallas Willard. A major point in the discussion was that even when we pray we often don’t listen to God because we’re so busy talking to Him. We’ll never know God’s will for our lives if we don’t allow some space for silence, waiting and listening for His voice.
Of course the society we live in doesn’t exactly encourage quietness and rest. “Multi-tasking” seems to be regarded as a virtue (what happened to focus or concentration on an important job?). We live with what the DVD called “weapons of mass distraction”–smart phones, computers, ipods, net flicks. We often don’t pay attention to one another or our surroundings, much less God. We’re too consumed with our technology, our ability to get the answer we want, or the contact we need instantly.
I’m no better than anyone else at this. I’m not as technologically connected as some, but I grew up in a family where working hard was expected and the biggest sin was being “lazy” (in other words, doing nothing). I tend to fill up my days with one chore after another. Prayer becomes just one of those chores to rush through on my way to the next thing on my list. Keeping my mind from racing is even harder than stopping my body. I can be quiet, but I can’t be still.
God, however, invites us to rest in His presence, to be attentive to His voice. How do you do this, ladies and readers? I want to hear your suggestions.