Viewpoint with Rev. Don Miller, First Baptist Church
Being still is a concept that few can relate to anymore. We live in a society of instant gratification. We’re not used to waiting. And the idea of simply “Being Still” seems to be a silly waste of effort, loss of wage, and counter-productive behaviour.
Not only is being still a rarity, the faster our society spins out of control, it actually appears to be a lost art. Lately, almost everyone I talk to, has confided that they need to take something in order to sleep. There seems to be an epidemic of insomnia with people who are unable to turn off their brain at night to rest. It affects of physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Have you ever tried to have a meaningful conversation with someone in a noisy place? It’s impossible. So how can we expect to be able to connect with Almighty God if we never learn to quiet ourselves?
“Then the Lord passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks—but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.” (1 Kings 19)
Prayer is a mystery, and people often complain that they have never heard God speak to them. They have never seen God move in their lives or given then any direction.
When it comes to our spirituality, we crave a Hollywood production. We want to see burning bushes. Hear voices of thunder and have a miraculous hand appear in the sky and point the way. But God doesn’t usually go for the dramatic. He’s not in the earthquake or fire, but rather the soft whisper of a voice.
Summer is a time for us to step away from our busy routines and reconnect: with nature and family, with our friends and ourselves. But maybe we need to try once again connect with our God. To listen for still small voices. Happy Summer Everyone!