February 5

“Ye shall not go out with haste.” Isaiah 52:12

I do not believe that we have begun to understand the marvelous power there is in stillness. We are in such a hurry—we must be doing—so that we are in danger of not giving God a chance to work. You may depend upon it, God never says to us, “Stand still,” or “Sit still,” or “Be still,” unless He is going to do something. This is our trouble in regard to our Christian life; we want to do something to be Christians when we need to let Him work in us. Do you know how still you have to be when your likeness is being taken? Now God has one eternal purpose concerning us, and that is that we should be like His Son; and in order that this may be so, we must be passive. We hear so much about activity, maybe we need to know what it is to be quiet. (Streams in the Desert)

Children find it hard to be still. My grandchildren keep me on my toes when we are with them, simply because they are busy little people. They want paper on which to draw and color, to play games on my mobile phone, to watch cartoons on television, something to eat, and a hundred other things all at the same time. Children multi-task by nature. I am frequently worn out from the frenetic pace by the time they are ready to return home.

Perhaps I appear the same to my Father. I refuse to wait upon Him; instead, I rush headlong into the next commitment, finding it nearly impossible to ever be fully present. Fear fuels preoccupation. I fear silence because it calls into question who is in charge. I fear stillness because it fosters introspection. I fear embracing this moment because I am already planning the next. When will I learn that “doing” is not nearly important as “being?” Until I come to the end of myself, God has no room in which to work.

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