I was packed and ready to head to Grand Rapids for the annual Festival of Faith and Writing Conference at Calvin College. As I rechecked the contents of my briefcase and reviewed the workshop schedule, I savored the moments I would be able to indulge in the opportunity to hear Francine Rivers speak. I have always wanted to meet her. She is an incredible writer. Also, I looked forward to special meetings with other writers and editors. The three and a half hour drive to Grand Rapids would be long, but enjoyable as I had already packed the audio version of Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption Series to listen to as I traveled.
When I felt the first shiver, I thought it was just the night breeze from my open window. When the shivers turned to intense chills, I knew there was a problem. With a fever of 102, I was not well enough to go to the conference. Within the next 24 hours, I ended up in the emergency room, dehydrated and officially diagnosed with influenza. But wasn’t the flu season over? It’s almost May!
If you suffered from the flu this year, I am so sorry. It’s debilitating, isn’t it? Unable to get out of bed for several days, I stayed warm beneath the covers. With a throbbing headache, I wasn’t able to read. All I could do was be still. I now have a better understanding of the verse in Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Although moments of “being still” can be frustrating, especially when special plans were changed, we should embrace those moments. Quiet moments to spend with God in prayer. One on one. So during your hectic week of non-stop errands, endless appointments, dueling deadlines, find a moment to be still and be blessed.