I could hear the steam train whistle loudly as it approached its dock station. Above the clamor and all the noise, I shouted out to my eight-year old daughter, “Hold tight to mommy’s hand so we don’t get separated.” As I looked around I could see the thousands encamped about me eager to approach the entrance gate.
The people began to scream and yell with anticipation as the emcee announced in the overhead P.A. System, “Look who’s on the train, why it’s Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Goofy. Welcome to Disney where all your dreams come true!” As the gate doors began to release and open, the people began to shout even louder and trample by me like a herd of elephants in line at a circus for free bags of peanuts.
Just inside, it was everything I had ever imagined as a kid. There were characters, candy stores, rides, "umpteen" thousand food choices, and of course, the magical Disney Castle. As my family stopped for a photo, I felt the Holy Spirit drop these words into my spirit. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Really? Are you kidding me Lord? I am standing right smack dab in the middle of one of the largest, loudest amusement parks and you want to whisper, “Be still and know that I am God” Don’t you just love God’s sense of humor? Better yet, his way of getting our attention! At that moment I could not help but feel overwhelmed with the urge to just stop while waiting in the long line, to thank God for the provisions that had been supplied for my family to go on that trip. Our budget had been constrained but yet God knew the desire of our hearts and provided a way. How could I not give him praise?
Just being candid, morning time around my house can sometimes be so chaotic that the loud noises remind me of a miniature theme park! “We need more toilet paper, what’s for breakfast, where’s my shoes, Momma, Tyler is looking at me," to which my son replies, "Macy go take a hike and get out of my life……” Then in the evening it’s the T.V., iPods, game stations, electronics, homework, sports, cleaning the kitchen, by 9:00 some nights I am dragging myself to bed with not even one thought of taking a bath!
Some days I feel that same tug that I felt at that theme park as the spirit whispers, “Be still and know that I am God”. God reminds me yet again that I need to stop what I am doing take time to pray, to read his word and listen for his voice. In this noisy, over stimulated, rush- rush culture that we live in, I believe God is calling us to slow down, be quiet and listen for HIS voice. He WANTS to minister healing into our broken marriages, offer wisdom for our checking accounts, with parenting issues, jobs, relationships with others……. I am afraid with all the other noises would some of us even hear him speaking to us? Would we even recognize his voice?
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10