Classic movies tend to provide quotable lines which become part of pop culture. Although some get more attention, one that comes to mind often goes unnoticed. In Animal House, Kevin Bacon play Chip Diller who plays a character similar to a ROTC college student. During a parade high-jacked by Delta Tau Chi who were recently kicked out of school, Chip tries to maintain a panicking crowd. As people begin to run down the sidewalk, Diller cries out, “all is well, remain calm.” Unfortunately, Chip goes trampled as his words got drown out by fear.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! – Psalm 37:7
If you turn on cable news or talk radio, not much has changed. It’s almost as if networks seek to scare people, trying to out do competitors. This ambulance chasing mentality will continue until the public stop listening, watching and get news in some other manner. In fact, the times I tune out the world and other outside distractions, I feel great and tend to hear God’s calling much clearer. Therefore, all is not lost, especially when you slow down to be still before the Lord.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him, Psalm 62:5.
When I lived in Chicago back in the mid 1990’s, I attend Willow Creek Community Church, just down the road from our apartment. Pastor Bill Hybels spoke about the importance of finding a quiet place each summer to spend time with God. The Psalmist above provides a similar message. Despite any silence you might experience, waiting for God’s presence either through prayer or reading the Bible sparks spiritual growth. Sure, everyone has their days, weeks and months in the dark. Yet, in the stillness of the night, the Holy Spirit still speaks truth to convince individuals that all is not lost.
by Jay Mankus