It’s a time of year that I suppose most people gulp for air and go back under into the sea of busy. That was us last night as Jack finished baking his tenth loaf of bread using only one oven because the other is broken and the replacement is on back order, Jordan sauntered in with college boy after a long jaunt up to Austin to fetch him, Kevin finished rehearsals late, Kira scattered her toys all over the house that was clean for exactly ten minutes at a high financial sacrifice, Dad wobbled in from a long day at work, and I was pulled away from my desk where I tried to finish last minute details with the budget in Uganda. Christmas? oh yeah, next week, one week from today. Sigh.
Can’t turn on the news because the sobbing over what happened in Connecticut will recommence. And then there is the sight of Obama stepping in as the new savior. He’s going to make changes. Why not admit the family structure in America has disintegrated and we should work to restore the family? What about the Christian morals and values this country was built on and grew on? Where are they in Washington? Let’s just acknowledge there is evil in this world and the president of the United States isn’t in the position to abolish evil. Only Jesus can do that when he comes back. (sorry…I don’t usually get political here…)
Like there were once cranks on car windows to slowly lower the glass and let in the fresh air I want to crank down our life and take a breath of refreshing air and restore some calm. I needed that time I spent praying for the families in Connecticut remembering who God is in their lives. Time with God reading the bible takes me back to my sweet spot. It is a reset button for my life. Another day and it can be calm and orderly. Today I needed Psalm 46 that reminded me, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” The whole psalm is a reassurance of who God is in times of trouble and then in verse ten he tells us what to do: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.” (not the president of the United States.) …again…sorry. But wait a minute, I am so thankful here that I am American and have the freedom to say what I think. So many times I try to do that in Uganda and I am hushed. It is dangerous to speak out against their president. They can’t even fathom having the freedom to speak out as I have just done. One more thing to add to my gratitude journal this morning.
I am reminded of a book given to me long ago written by a priest Richard Rohr, titled Everything Belongs. In it he describes this and I will end with it today because God’s word is enough for what troubles us on earth….
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know that
Be still and know