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by Sharon Banister

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10 

Recently, I spent a couple of weeks caring for Phil Spittler’s dog, Buddy. Buddy is full of life and it seems like everyone in the neighborhood knows and loves him. Buddy and I developed a routine every morning and evening – for fourteen days! We would go for a walk, eat, and then spend some time playing. Buddy loved everything I did for him; but I came to notice, more than anything else, he wanted me to sit down and be still for just a moment. Once I sat down, he would quickly jump up next to me and begin covering me with kisses. 

At the end of the two weeks, I was preparing to leave and Buddy sat looking at me with eyes that said, “Are you gonna come be still?” It was then I realized that I often treat my relationship with God the same way. I easily fall into routines. I get busy doing things for God, serving in ministries, attending bible study, small group, or church service, and even spending time with someone God has put on my heart while ignoring quiet time with God. While he cares about those things, what he cares about most is spending time with me. When I feel a tug or pull in my spirit and I hear God whisper, “Sharon, just come sit and be still. I want to spend time with you”, I should stop and listen.

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.”
Psalms 63:1, 6-8