STEP OUT OF THE TRAFFIC
by Tim Williams
This time of year is always busy in the Williams household. Over the space of ten days (from the 25th Dec to 3rd Jan), we celebrate Christmas, a birthday, New Years and a wedding anniversary.
However, I must admit that as much as I love it all, this time of year does indeed get too much, especially for introverts like me. It usually starts in those few weeks leading up to Christmas – with all the end of year celebrations and break-ups, family obligations, extensive shopping experiences and the hundred other things we must accomplish before Christmas Eve – which is why we sometimes end up an emotional and physical mess by the end of the year (or maybe that’s just me).
When life feels like this, one of my favourite scripture comes to mind. Psalms 46 states “Be still and know that I am God.” Another bible version says it this way – “Step out of the traffic. Take a long loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
That’s quite a modern take on a classic scripture, isn’t it? We live in an age where most of us are running the race on a fast-paced time-poor internet-driven technological highway; and unfortunately, there’s not one human being alive on this planet that can continue to live that way twenty-four-seven.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying we go back to the stone age, or go and join an Amish community. Yet, I think it is quite beneficial, both physically and spiritually, to spend some time each day (even if it is just five minutes) to just pause and stop. In a world full of iPhones, iPods and iPads; it’s time to take out the “i” and start getting more into “Him”. Say a prayer. Read a scripture. Listen to a song. Take the time to rest; and take a moment to reflect on the things that are important.
I can’t think of one single person who likes being stuck in traffic. The same should go for the other high volume “trafficable” areas in our lives. Take that moment to spend time with your Creator. For me personally, I find that it is those quiet moments away from the noise and the busyness of life, is when I hear God’s voice the clearest; and you’ll be amazed of the things that He wants to say to you through your present season.
Question 1 – How will you practically take the time each day to take a moment to pause and recharge?
Question 2 – Philippians 4: 6-7 is another wonderful scripture to meditate upon when things get a bit overwhelming. Can you think of an experience where the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding” has really helped you through a situation?
Prayer point – It’s very hard in this modern world with lots of stimulus to have that quiet time with God. If you’re having trouble with this, ask Him to give you the wisdom and the courage to take moments to stop, and not to be distracted by the things around you.