[practice stillness so that your movements will be effective] Rushing on, we become blind to the beauty, love, and serenity that daily surrounds us and has the power to lift our hearts if, even, for a small moment, we could be still enough. Still enough to see the beauty. Still enough, long enough. The world, continually inventing ways to keep our brains running wild. As if the mind will always be the most undisciplined organ of all. Culture, devaluing stillness and almost rejecting reflection outright. An attitude of “always in a rush” brings about increased amounts of anxiety as an increased amount of busy must be attained, in order to ward off the worry.
How can our thoughts be collected when there’s always more to be thought? Culture, valuing movement above all else. So, to the god of productivity, we submit most of our time. Quickly, in life, we grasp that our value is intricately wrapped up in what we produce. At a toxic level, our worth is based not on who God is, but on what use society has for us. The children, hardly. The elderly, little. We’re enamored with the fantastic and almost hypnotized by the fabulous.
We’re either watching the main attraction, or trying to become one ourselves. And, in this, we slowly become impressed with so many small trifles that we’re always occupied. A ball, a voice, a talent [A KING]. Keep us striving somewhere, but, almost to nowhere. The great things we claim to see, end up only holding our attention for a few emotional moments until we need the next short captivation to carry us through to the next positive feeling.
In stillness, we see from God wonderful moments that leave a truly lasting impression on us. Begetting more stillness and, thus, more transformation. My eyes, the longer I am still, opened. The longer I am still, the more removed from society I become and the rush, in turn, becomes less and less desirable. The more I see, the greater God becomes. Yes, not all faith revealed by sight, but what can be seen I cherish and am daily reminded of his marvelous work. Not mine, his.
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”
1 Samuel 12:16 NIV