“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the Earth”
Stillness is not something that comes naturally to me. Even when sitting, I frequently change positions, or fiddle with something in my hands. As we enter into the season of Lent, a time of deeper reflection, I am reminded of my need to slow down. It’s easy to get swept up in the busyness of life, even our spiritual life. My time spent with God can become more action and task oriented: Daily devotional, check. Pre-meal prayer, check. Sunday church, check. Nightly prayer, check. While these are great habits to have, God desires a relationship, not a checklist.
For any others who may struggle with stillness, I encourage you to take extra time this Lenten season. Get to church a little early and simply sit in quiet reflection. Stop by and visit the prayer stations in the chapel. Just be still, and feel God’s presence with you.
Father God, as we enter into the season of Lent, I pray that you will help us take the time and journey with Jesus. While the world rushes by, you meet us in quiet reflections, and breaths of fresh air. Allow our hearts and minds to be still and know that you are God, and you will be exalted. Amen.
Written by Lisa Poppe
This month’s devotion is written by Lisa Poppe, a member of Sheridan’s Women’s Ministry Team.
Lisa has been a member of Sheridan for three years. She graduated from Doane in 2015 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studies immunology and virology.
In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.