Does Life Come with a ‘Pause’ Button? Project: Moms Keeping Still


Looking up the dictionary for the word ‘still’, it is defined by Merriam Webster as an adjective that means, not moving, lacking motion or activity. The idiom ‘keep still’ is defined as “restrain or to control someone or something so that a person or thing cannot move”.  What I don’t get about the word still is it does not come with a specific timeline. Whether it has been defined as an adjective or as an idiom, it doesn’t come with a contextual timeline. It is normal for working moms to start busy days pressed for time in prepping for breakfast, while your son asks that you help him find his left sock, while daughter tells you she has forgotten to do her homework last night, plus husband needs you to iron his favourite shirt, plus the dog is sick. But mom readers, how do we really keep still or is it ever possible to keep still? I guess it makes sense to define first, what we need stillness from?

Keeping Still for Quiet Heart “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  (Psalm 46:10) This verse tells me that being still can mean maintaining a quiet heart. The world offers a long list of options to achieve stillness or to keep hearts quiet. There is yoga, a massage fix, me-time, a new relationship or getting out of a relationship, therapy, horoscope and even wearing charms. The list is endless. There is no rocket science formula we can follow, stop exhausting yourself in the process, and just take God’s challenge to be still and know that He is God. He is God over your pain, your hurt, your disappointment, your frustration. God is big enough to handle your emotions. We are always just one prayer away from telling God that we need Him to work on our emotions and grant us a quiet heart. We often hear doctors say: “I have done all I could, the only thing left to do is to pray”. You know why this is so? Because we never allowed God to be our first option. The solution is a give-away. The option to pray should be the first option and not the last.

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Keeping Still for Peace Exodus 14:14 promised that the Lord will fight for us, and we have only to be silent. This is not something I made up, the Bible was clear about keeping distractions at bay by keeping silent. It may seem ironic but the only way we can allow God to work through our need for peace is by not adding to our own noise. Just as we are sure that a person who has the most number of hours of sleep or someone who has nothing to do day after day is not the most peaceful one can become, ‘peace’ now has been defined as keeping a heart full of faith over what God can do over a very chaotic season. Prayers of peace pointing to admission of the fact that as long as we are alive, we cannot escape problems but we can get better at coping with it. Accurate picture of peace is God equipping us to walk on water, while admitting that the water will not always be as calm as we want it to be.

Keeping Still for Rest Asked an American friend about the appropriate use of ‘keep still’ and according to him, he would use ‘keep still’ as an ask to keep someone from moving, but not necessarily to keep someone from talking. It is interesting to know that ‘keep still’ when used as an expression, then, would lose the definition of ‘still’ as ‘silent’ when used separately as a word. Isaiah 30:15 has expressly told Israel that repentance and rest is their salvation and quietness and trust is their strength. Mom readers, wanting and praying for rest from distractions? Trust God and you never have to put on your plate more things than you can handle. You will rest in having confidence from God and focus on things that God wants you to do.

Keeping Still to Hear God Psalms 4:4 …Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. How do I hear the voice of God amidst multi-tasking all throughout the day? Do we wait to hear Him audibly? Do we miss to recognize God speaking through the beautiful surroundings, the surprise blessings, the gift of good health or the gift of marriage? Do we miss to get it when God points us to a new direction, or when he wants us to stop or to pause? Have we grown immune to believing God for more and depended on what our salaries can provide? Have we stopped listing our faith goal based on what God can do versus what we can afford with our family’s double-income?

So no matter what life may bring tomorrow or in the coming years ahead, working moms, stay at home moms and work from home moms have a lifeline we can take anytime…prayer. God’s Word is full of promises around blessings of a quiet heart, peace, rest and hearing from God. After all, keeping still is also having the patience to wait on God and on His perfect timing.

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