For the last year or so, we've had a strange way of calming people down in our house when we think they are getting too rowdy or crazy. I am not sure how it all began, but one day I noticed my eldest putting his hand on the shoulder of the overly energetic person and saying, "Calm." The habit began to grow, and I soon found myself getting calmed when I would suddenly begin singing a song to a phrase someone said, or if I told a joke that was a little lame. My husband, who is the king of jokes, (and pulling out the Ipad so he could play an annoying song on YOU TUBE after a comment reminded him of an old show he used to watch as a little kid) found himself getting calmed through the work day. One day he even called to inform me that he had been calmed about 100 times that day.
"Did you need to be calmed?" I asked, knowing quite well he probably did.
"Nay, why would I need to be calmed? I'm always serious!" he informed me.
I told him to calm.
After awhile it was not necessary to calm the person on the shoulder. It came to a point where all that he needed to do was stretch the hand out in a swift, forward motion to show the person he needed calming. There were times I wished I had a 'calm' button for my car. I could just push a button near my steering wheel and a little light on the back window of the car would glow with the letters, CALM. That would be to inform the one tailgating me he shouldn't be so crazy. I don't know if that would have worked, but it sure would have been worth a try.
So, I had to run some errands today. I had some checks for the business to deposit, grab the mail, and get some food for my large family, who are eating more now that they are home all day. As I drove along the roads, I was shocked to see how little traffic there was. Driving through little neighborhoods revealed houses with two or three cars parked out front. On any normal day, all those cars would be on the road, honking, tailgating, rushing hither and yon, doing whatever everyone does during the day. But not since this corona virus hit. People have taken to sheltering in their homes, not going out unless, like me, it was absolutely necessary. I must say that it was kind of nice. It was peaceful. And I must say that it was actually....calm. I got a feeling that it was as if God had come to a point where He felt like it was time. Time to slow the world down. Time to get people to stop for a little while and clear their heads. Time to listen for His voice in this shaky time. Time to stretch forth His hand and tell the world to calm.
Psalms 46:10-11 says, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Please know that I am not downplaying this virus in any way. I know how contagious it is, and I know people are dying from it. I truly am sorry for all those families that have been effected by this horrible virus. I am taking precautions to keep myself and my family from getting it. But I am enjoying the quiet times I am getting. I am enjoying not having to run to five different places every day. I actually finished my book last night. The story part, that is. Now comes the editing, and editing, and editing. You get the picture. But my point is I was able to stop long enough to clear my mind and actually write. I am getting time with a my children. I am getting time with my new little kittens. I am getting time with my Lord, which is the most important thing right now. Because if He is slowing me down, then He wants me to learn something. He wants me to be still, and KNOW that He is God. What are you doing during this time to get reconnected? Are you taking the time to be still? Because God has something He wants to show you. And you won't be disappointed.
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