This morning’s devotional is offered by Betty Fudge. 

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

Secular Christmas roars on the scene each year in October like a herd of charging rhinos, ushering in the “season of busyness.” The mood is festive, the malls are decorated and crowded, calendars bulge with holiday events and our pace quickens as we strive to enjoy this season of music, food, family, church and more. Oh, the fun! The merriment! The joy!

In the words of the Grinch, “Oh the noise, Noise, NOISE!”

1 Kings 19:11-12 provides an image. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Unlike the Grinch, I adore the sounds, lights, celebration and even busyness of this season, but I need to be mindful of the need to embrace another rhythm. A slower rhythm.

Advent invites us to draw near to God, and into the stillness of His presence. Each day we can find time to slow down. Quiet our minds. Turn down the lights. Listen for His still, small voice. By making it a daily priority we can experience Christ’s presence and peace. Let us listen, with anticipation, as He speaks into our hearts and lives this season, and into the New Year.