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Still Enough to See

“Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:10, NRSV

Several years ago, a very interesting article appeared in the Washington Post. One morning, during rush hour, a young man dressed in blue jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a baseball cap arrived at one of the busy metro stations in downtown Washington D.C.

From a small case, he removed a violin and began to play. After playing for 45 minutes, hundreds—if not thousands—of people walked by. Yet only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while to hear him play.

Unbeknownst to everyone, the man playing the violin was Joshua Bell—one of the best violinists in the entire world—playing one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a 17th-century Stradivarius violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

So here was one of the world’s greatest violinists playing some of the world’s greatest music on one the world’s greatest instruments, but no more than a handful of people stopped to listen. 

As we know, God constantly speaks to us: through music, through books, through people and in all kinds of ways. 

The problem is, like those people in that metro station, many of us are so busy living out our lives—simply going through the motions—that we don’t have time to stop, listen and hear God speaking to us. It’s easy for us to forget that God is with us at all times.

Today, with God’s grace, may we remember that the risen Christ enters our world and our hearts in the most unexpected ways. May we remember and be thankful that God is always present and active in our lives, whether we recognize it or not.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your presence with us, not only in sacred spaces, but even in the most mundane moments of our lives. Remind us that we live and move and have our very being in you and you alone. Finally, we ask that you give us your grace to slow down in the midst of our busy world and discover your presence—today and always. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
The Rev. Chad T. Martin
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