Be Still …

MN 0809-15aI was in Minnesota earlier this month. I was there for a NANPA Road Show as well as visiting friends and family (my wife and I grew up in Minnesota).

I have often found it a real joy to get up before sunrise anywhere in the country and go out to a natural area. But in Minnesota that can mean going to a location that borders a lake or pond, and there are lots of lakes in the “land of 10,000 lakes”! This is usually a quiet time. Even in busy areas, there are few people out, the wind is generally calm, and it is a peaceful place beside the lake.

I don’t know about you, but my life often needs a peaceful time. “Deadlines and commitments …”, as the Bob Seger song says, can really mess with your head. And our world is so full of things clamoring for your attention, from the newspaper that arrives at your door (or the news website that arrives on your web browser) to the phone calls to the work that must be done in what seems like not enough time to the advertisements and commercials that scream at you that you are not enough without this or that new product to the politicians who want us to believe all sorts of things.

When you sit beside a lake filled with lily pads just after sunrise as here at Jensen Lake in Eagan, Minnesota, it can be easy to forget the challenges of the world. There are no ads, no phone calls (turn off that cell!), no deadlines, just you in God’s world.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) really comes to mind at this time. I also like the interpretation of this line that comes from The Message: “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” It is a reminder to me that things can be okay if I am still and trust that God is God and I can let go.

— Rob