Sometimes You Just Need to Be Still
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Just a couple of weeks ago, my dad, my son, and myself all decided to hunt together on the last Saturday of deer season. Laying out my clothes the night before, I eagerly anticipated the next day’s hunt and the possibilities of bagging an end of the season buck. My clothes had been laundered in scent free detergent, my rifle had been cleaned and inspected; I was ready! So off to bed I went.
The next morning, I sprang out of bed, awoke my son, grabbed my coffee, and off to the woods we went. Reminiscing over past hunts and laughing at old hunting stories, we traveled down the road in the early morning hours of this new day. Shortly, my son and I arrived at our rendezvous point with my dad. I grabbed my rifle and my Tom Cat tree climber and headed into the woods. Upon arriving at the perfect tree, I sat my rifle down and proceeded to attach my climber. It was at that moment that I noticed it, and when I did, my heart sank in despair. Somewhere along the way I had lost one of the pins that safely secures my climber to the tree, and I could not climb without it.
I stood there and stared at the ground under my feet for minutes. Frantically searching for the lost pin in hopes that it had jarred out when I sat my climber on the ground, but it was nowhere to be found. All my excitement and planning had come to a screeching halt at the base of that tree, and all I could say was, “REALLY?!?” Not wanting to mess up my son and my dad’s hunting, I just sat down beside the tree in my angry state and simply brewed over my misfortune. Realizing that I would be doing no hunting that morning, I pulled out my pocket bible, and began to read. Alternating between praying and reading, I quickly began to turn my focus towards God. My tantrum turned to tears as God began to show me how blessed I was to even be in the same woods with my dad and my son. The hours passed quickly as I became lost in my memories of my dad and my son, and all the fun I enjoyed with both over the years.
It was at that moment that I realized that losing the pin out of my climber was the best thing that could have happened to me that morning. Otherwise, it would have just been another day hunting. But instead, it was an awesome time in the Lord. Sometimes we can become so busy in life that we fail to stop and listen to what God is trying to say to us. Just as the Psalmist said in Psalms 46, sometimes we simply need to “be still and know that He is God.” What is God trying to tell you today? What is it that He wants to show you? The next time some inconvenient moment arises in your life, before you get angry or upset, stop and be sure that it isn’t God. He may just be trying to get your attention.