The Dread of Hectic

Honestly, I don’t want to write this. I don’t want to put down on paper the fears and turbulence that has ruled my heart and thoughts over the past few weeks. I don’t want to take the time to admit that my life has been far too busy and stressful.

“Be still…”

As the weather turns cooler, my thoughts turn toward the holidays. Christmas is always a busy time and can get overwhelming quickly. Trying to plan Christmas music, special band practices, youth group parties, school plays, community involvement, family time and keep up with work is a daunting task. Throw on top of that relationships, and the fact that we all live with people that are imperfect human beings and are just as in need of Grace as we are…

For those of you who have grown up in church, I’m sure you’ve heard the quote out of Psalms, “Be still and know that I am God.” But when was the last time you really read it.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ ” – Psalms 46:1-3, 10

David, the writer of Psalms, knew fear. He understood hectic. And he definitely dealt with difficult people. He also understood the power of his Maker and that his trust lie not in the hands of men, or even in his own hands, but in Someone far more perfect and capable than himself.

I know this is a subject I speak about often from the stage. That no matter what our week has been like, we can drop it at the feet of Jesus in worship. It’s not a coincidence that Psalms, the longest book in the Bible, is a hymnbook – it’s a collection of songs to and about our Father. There is something about coming before God in song that allows us to focus on Him, release our fears and worries and just be still.

I challenge you to take some time this week, put on some worship music, and sing -loudly! Exalt Him among the nations. Give Him your hectic schedule. And just be still…

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