Five Minute Friday: Still

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday  today. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Still.” Write for five minutes; unedited.

The whirl of the Internet pulls me in so often. I find myself checking my Facebook feed, my Instagram feed, or voxing with a friend. It is so hard to find stillness in the midst of a very technology based world.

Just the other day, teaching Confirmation, I realized how our youth are very unaccostumed to being still. They spend class being very un-still. This generation is so not used to being still. They find themselves busy all the time. I believe it is very important for us to show them that is good for us to be still. I am reminded of the words that we hear God say to us, “Be still and know that I am God.”

The thing is that God showed us what it means to be still the night Jesus was born. That still night in Bethlehem, Jesus was born reminding us of the power of God’s love for us and the beauty of what it means to be still and take in God’s creation. Perhaps we should take more time to be still and watch the seasons change around us. Perhaps we should take more time to just be still with our friends and family and listen to each other share our stories. Perhaps we should spend more time learning to be still.

“Be still and know that I am God!”

Be Still….

Be Still……..and know that I am God!

Be Still…….and know that I am God!

Be Still…..and know that I am God!

I just returned from our NWMN Jr. High Youth Gathering. It was phenomenal. The speakers Trey Everett and Dan Wolpert from Micah (MN Institute of Contemplation and Healing) were the keynote speakers. The theme for this year was “Be” and our theme verse was from Romans 12 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” It was so great. They talked about how we are so busy…busy going to sports practice or music or whatever and we dont take the time to just “be”; be who God created us to be! They taught us prayer practices. It was pretty unbelievable to see 350 Jr. High kids sitting quietly, not a movement in site. We need to be more like that and to become more aware of God in our lives. What I realized is that the adult leaders needed this as much as the kids! We are connected all the time…whether it be by cell phone, or tv, or Facebook or whatever. I find myself repeating these words “Be Still and know that I am God!” Dan and Trey taught us to “Be Present” and to “Be Aware” of God! So cool! Hopefully we all learned from this experience and will continue to listen for God’s voice!

Be Still…..and Know that I am God!