Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
Have you ever lost grip of your mobile phone? Have you ever danced or twirled to keep your phone from hitting the ground? I have more times than I can count. I like to think of myself as someone with fast reflexes, but not long ago my phone slipped and fell fatally to the ground.
I did what any rational person would do. I went immediately to a repair shop to get a replacement. What they gave me looked like something from the dark ages; it was a lame “flip phone.” You know the style–keypad on one side and the screen on the other. Much like taking your SUV to the dealership for repairs and being provide a two-door subcompact as a replacement; the flip phone was completely incompatible.
This old school phone was labor intensive. The process for placing a single letter into text messages requires multiple presses of the same button. I tried super-abbreviation for mst wrds but with my fat fingers, it was useless. I went from having the World Wide Web in the palm of my hand to carrying a rock in my pocket. Being restrained by the shattered phone was so frustrating that I decided to just put it down and be silent.
Did the technical difficulties really hinder my life? Not at all. I came to realize that the days of quietness, while I was waiting for my replacement phone, helped the whole world slow down and gave me time to think. It reminded me of how fast paced life is and how much I was neglecting to rest and reflect on life. It helped me get back to a routine of setting time aside to commune with God in quietness and listen to Him like I once did.
I encourage you to make a habit of spending time in prayer before you check your phone for messages in the morning, and silence it when you sit for dinner. Without the insertion of a crisis or a shattered phone into your life, where can you adjust your schedule to be still and encounter God? Maybe this is the perfect moment to stop and decide.