Be still.

Life is hard. Life is busy. Life gets noisy.

When I get wrapped up in the routine, I often miss the good things God has for me.

That rainbow He created may just last a few minutes.

The co-worker who is hurting might find another job next month.

My youngest kid just started high school. When I drive past her elementary school, it just seems like yesterday that I went to her track day.

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

How can I be still when I am running so fast all I can hear is my own hard breathing? (I’m not saying anything bad about Jon’s running – I’m talking about my pace of life.)

When I’m still, I can really see the look in someone’s eyes. I can hear the raindrops fall. When I pause, I can hear God’s still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).

Maybe this weekend is a good time to practice being still.

Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday.