This past week, parts of the south were snowed or iced into their homes, cars, workplaces, etc... Families were separated with no way to get to each other. Many of the cities were unprepared for the winter storms that hit this past week. Mainly because it's hard to believe that the south would get a winter storm this big.
I, myself, was stuck in my home for two days. I'm the kind of person that can't stay in one place for long. I have to go somewhere and do something. Even if I just go up the street to the office at the church, it keeps me from getting cabin fever. If you just wanted to go to the store and get something, you couldn't, at least not safely. In one word, it would be like being trapped.
While I hated not being able to go anywhere, I enjoyed the even slower pace that life had to offer. When you don't have the option to go and do something else, you end up having more time to take care of things that you otherwise would neglect.
For example, I had more time to think and read about God. In Psalm 46:10 God says, "Be still, and know that I am God..." It really does help to take time to be still. We go and go and go so much sometimes that we even forget how to be still. And when we try to be still, our bodies are fidgety because we feel like we should be going somewhere and doing something. How often do we try to be still. God calls us to be still. and KNOW that He is God. In many ways we worry ourselves with the little things of life. This Psalm talks about God being our refuge and strength. He's literally everything we need. So if we have Him, we can be still, and know that He is God. Jesus wasn't coming up with something new when He told thousands to "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." If we take time to be still and seek God, we will find the strength we need to carry on in our day to day struggles.
If you didn't take the time this past week, while you were snowed/iced in, to be still and remember who God is in your life, I encourage you to really try to do that this next week. For some of us it's hard to even make our minds be still. You may even be reading a passage of scripture and your mind begins to wander. It takes a little bit of discipline for us to be still, but it is worth the work in the end.