“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
Thinking back to the first week of March 2020 makes me both smile and grimace. I smile for the memories we were making on a vacation that, little did we know, was the last we would have at that capacity for quite some time. I smile thinking of our busy life, juggling kids to practices and rehearsals, social engagements, travel sports, church commitments and family calendar syncing to keep it all straight. I love that busy life and the opportunities our family has in this lovely town to seemingly “do it all.” I grimace thinking that we had no idea our normal lives were quickly coming to an abrupt halt. I grimace thinking that we were unknowingly seeing friends and family (face to face) for the last time before we began this extended time of social distancing.
The first few weeks we were isolated as a family were quite enjoyable. The girls and I started our own temporary homeschool schedule, did crafts, made science experiments and were grateful to have the time together. Ryan started working from home and I felt a sense of relief. We all thought this lockdown couldn’t last more than a few weeks and regular life would soon resume.
Of course, we were dreadfully wrong. Days turned to weeks and weeks into months and dread begin to set in. So many were getting infected and we knew so little of this novel virus ripping through our nation and most of the world. As many do in times such as these, I raised my voice and prayed. I prayed for healing, hope and guidance.
“Be still, and know that I am God…” came to me. “Be still” is the same thing that Jesus says to the wind and the waves in Mark 4:39. The wind and the sea completely died down in silence, in awe and worship of the Creator. In these unprecedented and frightening times “be still” is a powerful reminder that God is with us. It is especially powerful to a high energy overthinker, like me. Whenever we can resume normal activities, I will be sure to use this experience as a reminder to take time to calm the brain chatter, “be still” and listen.
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