“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” Psalm 37:7

It had been a busy morning, not unlike most mornings. I dropped off my two boys at school, with my 4-year-old daughter in tow, ran a few quick errands, attended a meeting at church, and headed home for a quick lunch before another meeting.

As we pulled into the driveway, I asked my daughter if she’d like a frozen burrito for lunch, explaining we had to eat quickly so we could get back to the church for my meeting.

She thought for a moment and replied, “A burrito would be yummy, but do we have time for you to heat it up first?”

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cringe.

I assured her she wouldn’t have to eat a burrito that was still frozen. We had plenty of time to heat it up. I gave her a hug and asked if she’d like to help. Her face beamed with the thought of helping in the kitchen, which she loved to do. Regretfully, I rarely let her help, since it slowed me down considerably.

While we ate our lunch, I thought about how hurried our days had become. I had let busy work get in the way of what was truly important. Busyness seemed to have crept into every corner of my life. Even my time with God had suffered because I was too busy doing his work. I had forgotten to allow him to lead. I changed his work. I had forgotten to allow him to lead. I charged ahead, adding more to my schedule, rarely considering the impact new responsibilities would have on my family and ministry. I needed to be still before him.

Don’t be forced to eat frozen burritos. Be still and trust God for the timing and nourishment of your daily life.


Jennifer Nystrom lives in Ohio with her husband and her dog. You can find Jennifer either in her kitchen baking and experimenting with new recipes (which she does competitively) or stitching up something in her sewing room.