“Be still and know that I am God.”
In 1840, author J.G. Chandler of Roxbury, Mass., published an illustrated children's book titled, “The Remarkable Story of Chicken Little”. The first page read: “Well, Chicken Little (other versions she was also known as “Henny Penny”), was running about in a gentleman's garden, where she had no business to be: she ran under a rose-bush, and a leaf fell on her tail; so she was dreadfully frightened, and ran away to Hen Pen.” The central theme of the book focused on Chicken Little running around disturbing a whole neighborhood by her foolish alarm claiming, “The sky is falling!”.
The Christmas season has officially arrived. The store shelves are filled with decorations of all types for both inside and outside; and hundreds of gifts are waiting to be sold. The churches and various groups are gearing up with many activities and presentations which involve additional hours of preparations. The dates on your calendar are filling up quickly. But, God says, “Be still”.
People are scurrying around to meet the demands of their lifestyle and they often times lay spiritual meditation aside to add worldly responsibilities during what should be the season of joyfulness and reverence. It becomes very difficult to quiet the mind when the “to-do” list grows longer every day. Are you becoming like “Chicken Little” running around with busyness, and with foolish alarm telling everyone the “the sky is falling”, and you cannot possibly get everything done? But God says, “Be still”.
An example in the Old Testament in 1 Kings 19 is when the Lord God Almighty spoke to Elijah. He spoke not through the “mighty windstorm”; not in an “earthquake”; and not in the “fire”; but He spoke in “the sound of a gentle whisper”.
Millie Stamm wrote about an explorer that went on a journey into the jungle with some guides. The first two days the group hurried so fast that they were able to cover many miles. On the third day the explorer planned to begin the journey once again at daylight. When it was time to leave, he discovered the guides were not ready. He asked them, what was wrong. They replied, “We must wait.” The explorer said: “Wait? Wait for what?” They replied, “We have been going too fast. Now we must wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.”
How can we hear God's whisper if we do not take the time to “be still” and quiet; especially during this special time of year as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Make time every day during this Christmas season to read a passage in the Bible and meditate on it.
Millie Stamm wrote: “In reading about the lives of Christians through the ages who were strong in their faith, we learn that they took time to BE STILL and become intimately acquainted with God.” “Be still” before God so you can hear His gentle whisper as He speaks to you through His eternal Word.
Lord God, thank You for the examples of faithful Christians in the Bible. Help us to learn how to be still and quiet so we can hear Your gentle whisper. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington