“Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth” (Psalm 46:10).
How often do you find yourself getting caught up in the chaos of life? It may seem that sometimes we have so much going on in our lives that we feel overwhelmed. We have to go to work or school, head to sports events right after, make a trip to the grocery store on the way home, and be back just in time for dinner, only to leave for a meeting afterwards. Things just seem to pile up so fast.
In the midst of juggling all these things, it may seem easy to skip church, Bible studies, or reading daily devotions; the things that to us seem “optional.”
Or sometimes we may get so caught up in our daily lives that we simply forget it.
Nichole Nordeman wrote a song called “Slow Down,” which talks about a child growing up and needing its mom less and less. One line of the song says, “Before I knew it, you were trying to free your fingers from my hand because you could do it on your own.” *
Listening to this song, I think we are the child and God could represent the mother. We feel we are becoming more independent and can do things on our own. However, God knows we still need Him to help us especially when we stumble along the way. Also in the song, it shows that the mother wants the child to slow down, just like God wants us to slow down and take time for Him.
Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Sometimes, when we get overwhelmed with our busy schedules, we need to do just that: take a break from all the busyness and acknowledge what God has done for us. We also need to remember that, no matter how overwhelmed we are, God is in control and will be with us. Slow down; God’s got this.
Dear Lord, please help us to stay focused on you and to not get easily caught up with worldly events. Also help us to know that it is OK to accept the help you give us to get through tough times, and that we are never alone and you are always in control. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Devotion written by Emma, grade 8, St. John Lutheran School in Rochester
*Chris Stevens | Nichole Nordeman
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