My stinking thermostat is a jerk. I mean it…I’m pretty sure it’s secretly got some kind of brain that knows how cold I get and devises a plan to freeze me out of the house. It doesn’t help that I’ve officially turned into a “Californian” when it comes to the weather. When I lived in Cheyenne, I could run out to get into my car for work with a comfy sweater rather than a coat in the frigid snowy temperatures. Nowadays, the number “50” sparks fear of frostbite to my tender toes.
Lately, it’s decided to work only when it wishes to. I’ll set the temperature to 70. (Don’t make fun….I don’t like being cold!) I’ll realize an hour later that my nose is like a miniature iceberg on my face, go to check the temperature, and it’s reading 67. I told you….total Californian. When it’s not working, we reset it. We turn it off and give it a rest for about five minutes. When the waiting period is over, we start it back up again and it works like a charm.
Sometimes, our own minds need a reset. We’re on the go all the time. Work is long. Our kids have this program or that homework. We need to meet our friends for Friday night trivia. Bible study on Monday. Volunteering at the Safehouse on Thursday. And don’t get me started on the amount of TV and social media we consume! Trying to train your brain to not need to check Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram every four minutes conjures up its own set of problems.
During all of this craziness we call life, it’s usually our focus on God that is first to go. I’m guilty of it myself. I love Him and know He’s there, and because I’m confident in this, I lose sight of Him being my recharging station. The bible tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” –Psalm 46:10
Commands like this are all throughout the bible, and that’s on purpose. We are to know Him and know His greatness. He commands us to slow down, to take time, to be still and be in His presence. My challenge to all of us this month is to push away the chaos that prevents us from being still in His presence. Rather, let’s take the time to lean into the stillness and feel who He is and what He’s done for us.