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  • Wade Wicht

Being Still

I’m gonna be really honest. Social distancing rocks. Just a week ago, we were running in ten directions, juggling twenty-five things on the way.

We “busy mamas” fall into the trap so easily, filling our calendars right up to the margins, with all kinds of good things. We pride ourselves on our ability to successfully juggle kids, work, church, service organizations, social functions, Bible study and saying yes to everything that comes our way.

Until we find ourselves overloaded, overburdened, and overboard with busyness. And we are spread so thin that we can’t do any of it well.

Suddenly, we are forced to stop. And in finally slowing down, we have the perspective to realize that our success was an illusion, the control was never ours, and we have been missing the mark.

Deep in my heart I know that being overloaded is a way for the enemy to distract me from what is really most important. If I schedule life out to the margins, I seldom have room for the unscheduled good God calls me to. And I certainly have very little quiet time with my Savior.

I am thankful we are being forced to slow down. We are reminded that “wait” is not an ugly word and "busy" is not a spiritual gift.

God says in Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God."

It can be hard to be still, but it is only during those moments alone with God that we can truly feel a peace that surpasses all understanding. Busy is the enemy of peace. Busy steals precious time. Busy robs us of our blessings.

Our children need us. Our spouses need us. Our families need us. They need the best we have to offer, not the leftovers that remain after a crazy day. They need our undivided attention, not the half-hearted attempt with phone in hand. They need face-to-face connection. And we need it, too.

But most of all, we need our Savior. Time with Him gives us a clearer vision, a more peaceful heart and a more joyful spirit.

Take a good look at God’s wonders—they’ll take your breath away. Psalms 66:5

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