A couple weeks ago when I gave the children's message the Sunday after I got back from the Boundary Waters I told the kids that it's alright some times to just be still. Life is so busy sometimes and sometimes you just have to chill and relax. I told them about the the verse in Psalms chapter 46 verse 10 that says "Be still and know that I am God. It's a verse that I think about often in times where I'm feeling very busy. Be still. Being still can take on many forms and experiencing God during those times can be very different for many people.
As I write this I'm in the middle of a stretch of a little bit of time off. Since Friday I've been spending time with Betsy's family in an Airbnb near Red Wing Minnesota. We've been spending time sitting on the deck talking and eating a lot of food(so many snacks). The kids have spent time in the pool splashing and having a good time and they've also been playing games like basketball, ping pong, darts and cards. It's been a fantastic weekend. Every year Betsy's family gets together and spends time together. It's always been at the end of the summer before everybody heads back to school. It's been a time of rest.
Some people may think the best way to rest is to find a super quiet spot and just be alone and if that's the best way for you to rest that's great. There have been times this weekend where I've just kind of sneaked away and took a little nap or had some time by myself. One way thought I found rest is just being with family that I care about. Being with them and shutting my brain off from the busyness of everything around happening in "normal" life. I found it preparing meals as I stand at the grill making sure the burgers and brats are cooked just right. As I jump in the pool with my nieces and they ask me to throw them across the pool or I sneak up being the tube they're sitting on and flip it. I see God in these moments too. God has been present in this whole weekend so far.
It's been a great weekend to just get away and I'm just in the middle of it. This morning after we get everything cleaned up we're going up to Grand Marais for a couple nights. Pastor John had sent me pictures of their trip to the north shore a couple weeks ago and I got jealous. I just had to get up there myself. We try to get up there at least once a year. Take in the sounds of the water as it splashes up onto shore. Get some donuts from the shop in town.... which is actually closed Tuesday and Wednesday... But Betsy had a cousin that is picking some up today while they're still open before we get there. The trip also gives us a chance to get outside and walk in the woods. Another place I find stillness. To be in God's great creation with just my family. To go on a hike and see the beauty. To see a waterfall, to year the sound of nature all around me, to hear my kids ask when this hike is ever going to end and just be still once again.
I hope everyone has a great week and are finding ways to be still in your busy lives. To sit down and experience God. To be still and know God.