where love is alive 

Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10a

        Dr. Mike Glenn is my sister’s pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church just south of Nashville.  In a recent article he shared this interesting observation about submarines:

 Did you know a submarine can go so fast it can’t hear its own sonar.  The whooshing of the water over the sonar lines will leave the submarine deaf.  In order to “hear” the world around it, the sub can only go so fast.

We live in a world that assesses value to speed.

  • I’m not sure of the difference between a cellular telephone carrier with 4G and one with 3G, but I know that 4G is faster.
  • If your computer does not have the fastest processor, you are missing out.
  • You can measure how fast your automobile can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour.
  • Communication companies market regarding who has the fastest high-speed internet service.
  • Restaurants promise your food order will be to you in a timely manner.
  • Shipments are promised to reach your door in short time.
  • Hospitals advertise the minimal wait time in their Emergency Rooms.

Everything in our culture is about speed. Faster is always better! According to the world around us, if you’re not running faster, you’re losing ground.  You must be able to watch videos faster, read books faster. . . time is money!

We are entering a season of the year that can be characterized by a high frantic pace to make preparations, purchase items, and get to all the places we are expected.  But be careful, lest this speed prevent us from hearing what is truly essential. Instead, allow Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays to be a time when we stop and hear from the Lord regarding the things that are truly important: Salvation, Family, Gratitude, Generosity, and Love.

Yes, we can live like a fast submarine.  But in doing so we just might lose our ability to hear God at all. To hear God requires a deep silence, a stillness that allows us to notice the faintest movement of His Spirit.

I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday as we seek to listen to God. Slow down and join us.  Jay




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