“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” Psalm 46:10 (The Message Bible)
Sometimes I feel as if my mind is a semi-truck speeding down a sharp grade, and when I try to apply the brakes, they begin to fade…and suddenly in front of me, a runaway truck ramp appears to save the day. “Slow down, Truck,” God says.
What feelings erupt from your heart and soul when you enter into silence (no radio, TV, phone beeping, dogs barking, babies crying, children laughing, etc., etc.)? Panic? Sadness? Many people might say that they never hear the sound of silence. Even if one could quiet sounds from his or her ears, there still is the issue of silencing the chatter of the mind.
On my wall above my desk hangs a three-inch square plaque with the more familiar version of Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” God is the ramp that slows me down to help me find some coveted moments of silence and keeps me from careening over the edge of a mountain.
Dear Lord, help us to daily find a place and time to be still—to step out of the traffic—and find you. Amen.