I might have a little problem staying still. And by that I mean, I sometimes feel that my self-worth is tied to how much I can squeeze into one day or one week....or maybe even one lifetime.
One of the best memories I have of my sweet mother who passed away in 2005 was the fact that she could sit still in her backyard or in her sun room that overlooked the backyard and simply be. I always envied that skill, and I do believe it is a skill that for many of us must be honed.
But I love Psalms 46:10, either in verse form or in song form, "Be still and know that I am God." I love it maybe because a dear friend, surrogate Mama, and spiritual advisor often reminded me of the importance of doing this.
After traveling by air to several jobs this summer, I was asked to travel to Northeast Arizona a few weeks ago for a teaching job on a Saturday. It was in a very rural area of Arizona, and I could have flown for three hours then driven for three hours, but I instead opted to drive from Tucson for five hours.
While some would look at this mission as a fate worse than death, I was so excited to have time to myself. I was able to talk on the phone (oh wait, this was supposed to be time by myself), catch up on talk radio (how is that time by myself going?), and just be (oh yes, there it is). :)
The fact remains that, in our crazy busy lives, we might just need to take a bit of time to go off the grid in whatever way possible---just so we can get recharged. In other words, I can likely be a better person around other people if I can get some much-needed time alone. Time alone allows us to be introspective, recharge our batteries, reflect on our lives and current state of affairs, and just be.
Just for today, perhaps it is possible to take a bit of time to "Be still and know...."