Psalm 46 vs 10: “Be still and know that I am God.”
‘Be still and know that I am God’ was a word which resonated time and time again at the start of the pandemic for many people. Was lockdown the opportunity to slow down and be still and listen to God?
On a cold winter’s morning in January 2008, an experiment was carried out in the Washington Metro station to assess the behaviour of commuters. The idea was to analyse people’s reactions to a busker playing the violin. Variables such as the beauty of the music and commuter time constraints were focused on to assess levels of musical appreciation. The big deal with this particular experiment was the person playing the violin. It was the famous violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, who only three days before and sold out the Boston Symphony Hall, playing to more than 10,000 people. Now sitting on the floor in the lobby of the Metro, using his 1713 Stradivarius valued at $7 million, played six of his most beautiful pieces of music.
When preparing for the experiment, the Metro management thought they might have to draft in extra security to cope with the crowds, but a strange thing happened. Out of context, Bell became invisible. A few commuters and a couple of children paused, but the majority of people rushed ahead into their morning, unaware of the treasure in their midst.
I find this message particularly challenging as the busyness of life has slowly increased over the past few months. In our attempt to be productive and to ‘get things done’, let us be careful not to allow the busyness to cause us to miss the treasure in our midst, just like the commuters on the metro.
My prayer for all of us is that we may be able to take a moment or two for stillness in our day to listen to what God may be saying.
In our family service this week, we are continuing our talk series on Nehemiah and Shelley will be preaching on Nehemiah Ch 4 – Opposition.
Cause for celebration… There was a traffic jam in the car park on Sunday!
What a fantastic problem to have; but, it does highlight the need for us to have a regular car parking attendant. If you would like to get involved in this way on a Sundays, do please get in touch.
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