We live in a world filled with hustle and bustle. Ball games, dance recitals, practice for what ever, school functions and board meetings. We live in a time when our time is occupied and stretched in every direction. We feel a need, even a right, to be constantly entertained. Whether it be on HDTV, I-pod, smart-phone or text gadget, we must be involved in some diversion. But, as columnist, Minde Herbert pointed out... the dishes (among other things) can wait!
Our children suffer from an inability to be quiet. We have lost the talent for setting time aside for stillness and prayer. This is so important in the world in which we live, but we often feel “disconnected” or out of the loop if we are not plugged in 24/7.
This is a skill that can be cultivated and we must sometimes train at it. There is a need for this quiet in our lives. There is a profound purpose for stillness of body, mind and soul.
You see, there was a time when God spoke to His people in a booming voice that resounded across the mountain tops.
Exodus 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
This is what it was like when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses and the people of Israel. Thunder and trumpets exceeding loud. The whole place shook for the noise of the voice of God. But things are different for you and I. God uses a different tone when speaking to us...
1 Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
God was in the still small voice. We are so often crowded with sounds and activities that we can't hear God in our lives. We can't see His miracles because our view is cluttered with multimedia nonsense. Our heart often aches for His companionship... He is right there... He is just drowned out by noise.
Parents, we are to teach our children how to get through this world, so in our times of play and connection with our children, in those special times of bonding... we must also teach them to be still... to wait... and to listen for God.