Terminal Velocity

Psalm 46:10a “Be still and know that I am God.”

Terminal velocity is defined as the highest velocity attainable by an object as it falls through air. It’s the top speed a skydiver reaches as they plummet to the earth after jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for reasons which I do not understand.

How many people do you know that seem to be moving at terminal velocity? In other words, they have so much going on, they’re so busy that they can’t even seem to be still for just a moment or even take a breath! Maybe you’re one of those people. I usually feel that way during the summer when we have VBS, a mission trip and at least two camps to go to. It sometime seems like I don’t have time to even take a break.

I’ve come to realize over time that we just need to occasionally stop. Stop and be still. Slow down and just quit being so busy. Jesus modeled that in his own life. Look through the gospels and see the times where he went somewhere by himself to pray. He stopped to have a conversation with the Father. There were times when Jesus would sit down to teach or visit. Sure, he was teaching but he was still. He allowed the people listening to him to sit and listen. They sat still and heard the voice of God.

I don’t know, maybe the idea of being so still that all we can hear is God scares many of us. The thought of slowing down enough to listen to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit frighten us because he might ask us to do something we don’t want to do. We need to do that more. We need to quit moving at terminal velocity and just be still. Give it a try this week. You might be surprised what you hear.


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