As this new year begins I am struck by the words,
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10
I don’t know about you, but in the bustle of celebrating Christmas, then kicking off the new year it seems like there is always a 1,000 things to do with never enough time.
Our family had the great delight of fever and head colds over Christmas which made a double loop through the family knocking us out for almost 3 weeks… During that time there was lots of sitting with kids, snuggling with their blankets, and reading stories.
There were times when I felt like I needed to carry to my to do list with me while trying to sit with the kids, so I could catch up on all the things that I wasn’t getting done. But I realized that this time was precious! Especially, as we await the birth of our third son!
Looking back it was a blessing that we were sick. It forced us to stop and I got to spend tons of quality time with each of my sons individually! Something that may be missing for awhile once the new little man arrives.
During this time I kept coming back the phrase from the Psalms, “Be still and know that I am God.” God doesn’t tell us, pray the rosary and know that I am God, or go feed the hungry and know that I am God… not that those aren’t both super important things to do. But sometimes we just need to sit in the presence of God, and let Him love us as our Heavenly Father.
God uses us show his love to others. So this made me think of my little kiddos, not every moment needs to be productive, knocking things off a list, or a teaching moment… Sometimes we just need to be still and show them our love!
If you’re a teacher this can be especially important too! When I was working my way through college I would host library programs in low income areas where the children often came from very rough situations… it was incredibly difficult to see these children who so desperately needed love, I wanted to just take them home and adopt all of them!!
But even though I would only have an hour with them, I would smile, talk with them, and try to show them how amazing they were even in that short time that we shared together.
I would encourage you to pause this week and take a moment to love those around you! I hope you don’t have to get sick in order to make that pause although it seems like everyone I talk to is getting sick.
Yes, we’ll have more projects to do, and things to teach as the year goes on to bring our children closer to the faith… but sometimes the most powerful thing can come in the stillness.