The world has stilled.
Our once overstuffed calendars now have square after empty square of whitespace. Stores are shuttered, workplaces and school rooms have moved into homes, parks are unused except for a few scattered dog walkers.
We no longer have the rush of early mornings out the door, afternoon carpools and playdates, evening extracurriculars and weekend plans. Sunday services happen whenever we hit play on our laptops while we lounge on pillows and couches in the living room.
Scientists who record seismic activity have noted a huge drop in vibrations caused by humans and a world so quiet, unnoticed wildlife sounds have returned to cities.
Our world has been forced to be still.
I wonder if we could say the same for our emotions?
Dealing with massive change, navigating the unexpected and facing unknowns ahead have left us stressed and anxious.
We’re reeling from disappointment and grief as well: missing once-in-a-lifetime graduations, trips and weddings and separated from loved ones and community.
It’s in this kind of uncertainty, upheaval and unrest, that Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God.”