We are getting video clips on our smart phones of her first steps and first words. What a thrill as a grandparent to see and hear these beginnings of walking and talking! Our ten-month-old granddaughter, Ruby, lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
As much as we value their first steps and first words, even though we don’t say it, we also value their ability to “sit down and be quiet.” You have heard the old line haven’t you,
We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk, then the rest of their growing up years telling them to sit down and be quiet?
As parents and grandparents we do value the discipline of a child being able to sit down and be quiet, especially at a quiet restaurant or in a worship service!
Why is it so hard for a preschooler to sit down and be quiet?
Reason One: Preschoolers have a lot to do! There’s races to run, toys to play with, forts to build, tea parties to have, bugs to catch, etc.
Reason Two: Boredom is a distinct possibility and must be avoided at all costs! There’s much too great a risk if they have to listen, pay attention, reflect, think, or calculate that it could lead to a minute or two of not being entertained.
Reason Three: They like the world revolving around them. They want to be the center of attention. To sit down and be quiet means someone else is the center of attention.
We are a lot like preschoolers aren’t we? Our loving Father and Creator values times we are quiet.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10 ESV
Here’s a prediction: God will be exalted, everyone will acknowledge it, and He will be the center of attention forever!
So it is a wise thing to “sit down and be quiet” and think on Who He is. You will confess His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior here and now, or you will confess Him as your Judge later.
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Romans 14:11 ESV
Our Father, You are God. Your Son Jesus is Lord.