The kids have a new nighttime ritual. They get their jammies on, brush their teeth, and then go outside and catch fireflies until it is too dark to see.
Last night they were particularly excited about catching the bugs. They were running all over the grass, going from tree to tree, even spinning in circles, all to no avail. David and I watched and laughed for a while, until I finally intervened.
“Hey,” I said. “Stand still for a minute. Just be still, look for the light, and you’ll know where to go.”
Sure enough, a few moments later they all came running over with fireflies in their hands. They counted to three and then released them at the same time. We watched the bugs fly into the air, flash a “thank you”, and go on their way. Then the process started over again.
Later that night I was having what I like to call “Popcorn Brain”. It is where thoughts come into my head so rapidly, and with no real connection to each other, kind of like popcorn popping. Something like: Wash the jerseys. You need to finish that project tomorrow. Don’t forget to pray for this person. When will Gatsby be in Red Box, and why couldn’t they have used Matt Damon instead? Don’t forget to make those edits. Where are we going to go this summer? What time is the game tomorrow? I can’t forget to pay that bill. Pray for that person. You need to get new ballet slippers by Monday. And on, and on, and on.
I really don’t like popcorn brain.
But in the middle of if all I remembered my words to my kids. “Stand still for a minute. Just be still, look for the light, and you’ll know where to go.”
And so I did. I slowed down, took a breath, and saw the Light.
I want to encourage you to do the same thing. Just stop for a bit. I’m not saying you need to go on a vacation – although maybe you should. I mean just take a minute. Stop the stress. Stop the hurry. Stop the anxiety, frustration, and planning. And just be.
Stand still for a minute. Just be still, look for the Light, and you’ll know where to go.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
See you tomorrow!