“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
My mind generally races throughout its day: it reacts to the surrounding stimuli of its world; it plots and plans the practicalities necessary for a smooth daily existence; it ponders the many things I read and hear; it mulls over its own thoughts. This is normal for it.
And then, sometimes, it gets stopped.
Sometimes, like yesterday, it will be humming along as usual, as I sit on the back patio, listening to the children play, reading a good book, thinking remotely about my plans for the rest of the day…when I look up…
…and shut up.
Something about God’s world–so often, it’s trees, but it can really be anything–fully quiets my soul. My thoughts are absorbed completely into the beauty of the moment, and there is no pondering, or planning, or meditating, or mentally describing. There is simply silence, as the beauty of God’s world, and the immense Love reflected in that beauty, pour into my heart. Such inward silences can stretch into minutes, which is no small feat for my overactive, ever-thinking mind.
Eventually, something will snap me out of it, and the thoughts will pour back in, and my day will proceed. But as it once again moves forward, I remain deeply grateful for the times that God simply shuts me up.
How does God shut you up?