Not too long ago, I took a short trip and visited a beautiful wilderness area in Missouri. This area was miles from any major cities or towns. It’s rolling hills and expansive valleys provided scenic vistas that were absolutely breathtaking.
The day I visited this area, was an unseasonably cool Summer morning. There had been a soft, gentle rain that morning and everything seemed refreshed and new. As I sat on a bench overlooking the vast valley below, I was struck with how quiet and peaceful it was.
I sat for a long time and just listened. I heard the sound of the wind blowing through the trees and the tall grasses. I heard the sounds of birds flying overhead and singing in the nearby trees. I even heard the sound of three baby rabbits as they played nearby. Here, away from the distractions of the modern world, I was able to hear things that would normally be drowned out by the noises of everyday life.
As I sat appreciating the peace and serenity, I thought about the scripture in the Forty Sixth Psalm that says “Be still and know that I am God.” I thought how in this moment, in this quiet, in this stillness, I felt closer to my Heavenly Father. Away from the noise and chaos of my normal life, it was so much easier for me to talk to Him and to listen to Him.
I came away from that day with an even greater understanding of the importance of “being still” and an even greater resolve and determination to find a time and place each day to “be still” and to know that He is God…