Watching, Listening, and Seeing…

This past Sunday, I started an internship at my church. For the next five months, I’ll be honored with the title of intern, arriving early on Sundays, helping out, and attending additional meetings and activities. (I’m super excited!! This is such a huge privilege! And it will help me step outside of my comfort zone. 😉 )

On this first Sunday, us interns didn’t have a schedule set in stone. So, our main job was to greet, talk, and make people feel welcomed and cherished. This is an amazing gift. Smiling at someone or giving them a hug, can change the whole outlook of their day. But in the midst of greeting, laughing, and smiling…

I just wanted to watch. 

I wanted to become invisible and be an observer. At points when I wasn’t talking to anyone, I loved being still.

Standing in one spot, listening to all the voices swell in the lobby, hearing the unmistakable laughter of one of my pastors’, watching both smiling and serious faces…

Adequate words can’t explain what I felt. 

It was beautiful. 

Inspiring. 

Uplifting.

Strengthening.

I couldn’t help but feel like, that together, WE were unshakable. Nothing could stop us.  

It reminded me of what heaven would be like, and how God looks at us. 

We need this act of being still– this act of watching, listening, and seeing. It’s a must in our day-to-day lives.

In the stillness, we are reminded of the special and the lovely. The eternal. The cherished. And even the sad.

Take a moment and quiet yourself.

Listen to the wind. Pause before entering a room, where your loved ones are chatting. Just sit in a chair and close your eyes. Watch the trees dance. Listen for the crunch of snow or dirt underneath your feet.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

In the midst of a busy world, God wants us to be still. Walk in the freedom of quietness and stillness.

yellow sunset rays passing through the trees

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Amanda Joy

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