Thinking. It seems we hardly have time to or even need to. All questions are answered quickly with a Google search or a response from Alexa or Siri.
The twenty plus volumes of encyclopedia, bought when we were newlyweds and taking up an entire shelf on the bookcase, are long gone, gifted to a thrift store because no one would buy them.
Attention span is short, us flitting from one sound bite to another without retaining much of any of it.
Information comes at light speed through multi-channels of technology. There are online articles and blogs to read; news feeds to keep me current; one thousand channels to surf on TV; CNN and FOX news telling me over and over the current condition of the world; and NOAA weather advising me if I should bring my umbrella or not.
I hardly need to think at all. And yet I must.
I seek solitude and silence, turn off the constant flow of information, in order to give my mind time to slow down and contemplate.
I easily say “yes” to too much without thinking it through. Then I find myself in a dither, a flurry of activity, feeling the stress rise and wanting someone to stop the dizzying merry-go-round so I can get off.
No wonder we struggle to wind down, our calendar spaces filling, adrenaline pumping.
Slow down. Breath. Be quiet. Listen. Think.
I need to hush my fast-beating heart, think my own thoughts, clear my mind of the world’s voices. Then perhaps I will hear what the Spirit of the Lord would say to me. His voice is softly gentle, easily drowned out by the shouts of a culture that wants more and entices me to join its throng.
Be still my soul. Lift your eyes to the heavens. See how the Father provides for His creatures, how lavishly He splashes beauty everywhere. Observe His sovereignty over all things.
I will think about all you have done; I will reflect upon your deeds!
— Psalm 77:12 NET Bible
Think on what is lovely. Just. Honest. Pure. The good report. Think on God’s promises. His faithfulness. His compassion and goodness. His love.
And be still my soul.