8…9…10…Ready or not, here I come!
Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid and you would sit completely silent in the linen closet, without breathing during a game of hide and seek? That moment when you would use every muscle in your body to remain completely still so maybe your big brother wouldn’t find you?
It’s hard to find completely still moments like that as an almost grown-up. I couldn’t tell you the last time I played a game of hide and seek, or even the last time I sat down for 5 minutes and did nothing but sit quietly.
But, today I want to sit so completely still for as long as I can. Today, I begin the final chapter of my college career. Today is my last first day of school, EVER. Today, I want nothing more than to be still, silent and soak it all in. Just bask in the moment.
It seems to me that our entire lives are created by a collection of these moments. Some are so big they shake us in ways we never expected and others are instances that happen in less than a second and seem so insignificant when they occur that we almost miss them.
It’s easy to see how the big moments define us. I’ve had my fair share of BIG moments.
Some really good big moments, like the day my two baby sisters were born, the first time I cranked my car and had the freedom to go for a drive completely on my own or the morning I opened my acceptance letter for my internship.
There have been some really scary big moments too, like the time I answered the phone and suddenly didn’t know if I would get to talk to my Pop again, or the panic as my car spun around and around on the interstate 10 hours from home.
These are the moments I could never forget, the ones that I believe are responsible for shaping me into the person I am. But I think what we often miss are those brief moments that steer our lives ever so slightly. These are just as important.
The instance when you’re late for work and a stranger stops to hold the door for you. The time when an old friend thinks to send you a message out of the blue to brighten your day. The moment when the rain starts to fall out of the sky. The Sunday afternoon when you and your entire family are sitting around a table together.
I wonder how many moments I’ve missed simply because I wasn’t still and I was too busy to stop and realize it was an important moment?
Here’s my challenge for myself, and I hope you’ll challenge yourself too. I want to take time to be still. To notice the small things, not just during this final chapter of college but throughout my future. I want to pay attention to the tiny details that change our lives. Love the crazy, exciting things that happen, but also the everyday norms that make us who we are. Stop and take in the big milestones, but also stop and appreciate the simple fact that God has given us another day. Just take the time to be still.
Sometimes the best gifts come in the smallest packages. And sometimes, the best moments are found in the smallest instances.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10