Too much information. The clamor is killing me!
I want to run screaming from my computer and all the visual noise of earthquakes, floods, budgets, celebrity divorces and over-paid athletes. Will it never end?
As a matter of fact, it will. As soon as I turn off the Internet, the television and the radio, and put down the newspaper.
So this morning I picked up my Bible and began reading Psalm 46.
“God is our refuge and strength ...” Ah, yes, this is what I need. But soon the turmoil came: the earth gave way, mountains fell into the sea, the waters roared and foamed, mountains quaked with the surging.
Oh my gosh, Japan! And every other place that has ever been racked by earthquakes.
I kept reading, and for a brief interlude saw a peaceful river flowing through the City of God before things churned up again. Destruction brought images of Libya, Sudan, Egypt and Afghanistan, but God stepped in to break the bow and shatter the spear, and burn the shields with fire.
And there was the answer: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Could this be what I need, to simply still my heart and the noise in my life? Could these old, old words apply even to my modern life?
Regardless of what nature sends, regardless of how men and nations boast and threaten and stage themselves, God is still God.
He is still there.
Still waiting for me.
And when I still myself, I hear him.