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Psalm 37:7. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.
It sounds so easy. Be still. Wait patiently. And yet it is so hard. Our culture craves constant stimulation, and I am no different. My iPhone is never more than an arm’s length away, the whole Internet in the palm of my hand. Stillness is hard to come by, because it’s so very tempting to read one more message or to look up one more thing.
Stillness is such hard work. We have to remove distractions, clear our minds, and avoid the temptation to get on to the next agenda item. I secretly enjoy it when the power goes out. The Internet is gone, the phone is gone, and all that’s left is blessed quiet. Of course, we don’t need the drama of a power failure to find quiet.
I wish I could share some brilliant insight about how I have mastered silence and patience. The fact is that I’m still asking for God’s help on both fronts. In reality, stillness always yields blessings for me: peace, new insights, rest, and, sometimes, even grace. Here’s hoping Advent will inspire me to do just what this psalm asks.