There is a particular dynamic that comes with growing up in a large family. There is activity, busyness, and hurry with an emphasis on getting things done so as to not step on another’s progress. The clatter of the kitchen, the clamor for a bathroom and the chatter of siblings was common and constant. There was never a dull moment and rarely a still and quiet moment.
While having no regrets for this way of life, it does sometimes carry over into the culture of our adulthood. We thrive best in pressure, we value doing and getting it done and learn independent determination in order to survive and accomplish. For those adults, the slow, calm and quiet seasons of life become challenging if not frustrating.
It is hard for the “doer” to embrace the pause or interruptions of life. It is almost scary for those accustomed to the busy hum of life to be thrown into a slow and quiet place. But it is here! The pause of COVID-19. How can it work good? To borrow from Raymond Edman’s book, The Disciplines of Life:
In every life there’s pause that is better than onward rush, Better than hewing or mightiest doing; Tis the standing still at Sovereign will.
There’s a hush that is better than ardent speech, Better than sighing or wilderness crying; Tis the being still at Sovereign will. The pause and the hush sing a double song In unison low and for all time long. O human soul, God’s working plan goes on, nor needs the aid of man! Stand still and see! Be still, and know!
Embrace the pause, relish the quietness and come out stronger!