Sometimes I just like to sit and think. Honestly, moments when I can just be still and meditate on life are some of the best moments for me. And if I'm perfectly honest again, sometimes I don't make enough time for those moments.
I had one of those moments this past weekend. I was at the mall with my family, and my mom and my sister decided to go into another store before we left. At that point, I was "shopped" out and decided to sit on a bench with my dad and wait for them. As an extrovert, times that I just sit with my dad are really refreshing, because I know that I don't have to say anything. I know that I can just sit and be quiet. I don't have to worry about starting conversation so that things don't get awkward. When I sit with my dad, I'm completely free to be quiet and know that it's okay.
During this moment of sitting down with my dad, I had such a weird meditative thought. Why are malls the way that they are? They're kind of brilliant! I mean someone one day decided, "You know, what? I'm tired of walking outside to get from store to store. I want to build this giant beautiful building and fill it with stores." Can we just meditate on that? A mall... is just a giant building albeit beautiful building... filled with stores. You don't have to go outside to go from store to store. You get to stay inside where it's warm and dry and walk from store to store.
At this point, you're probably thinking that I'm nuts, and to that I say that my username of Madamhatter for all of my social networks isn't for naught. I'm weird. Sometimes I'm as mad as a hatter. I like to sit and think about weird things like malls.
BUT my point is that sometimes it's just nice to sit and think. It was nice to just sit and think about the idea of a mall. And as I realized after my Bible as Literature class this week, sometimes it's just nice to sit and think about God.
There's a verse in the Bible that I've been thinking about a lot lately, and it goes:
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
"Be still." That's a command. Sometimes I have a very hard time being still, but moments of stillness are so sweet. Being still is pretty much just sitting and thinking. What else can you do when you're still? I mean, you can stand and think. But when you're still all you can really do is think.
"Know that I am God." That is also a command. Sometimes I forget that God is God. But what does that mean? Sometimes I forget that God is sovereign, that He is perfect, and holy, and righteous. Sometimes I forget that He has my best interest at heart. Sometimes I forget to trust His goodness. But in those moments that I forget, all it takes is some sittin' and thinkin' time.
"Be still, and know that I am God."
So here's to finding more time for the sweet moments, for times of just sittin' and thinkin', being still, and knowing that God is God, and that He has everything under control.
P.S. Sometimes I like to draw on my hands while I'm sittin' and thinkin'.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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