In his well-known short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber illustrates what many would agree with: that men largely live inside their own heads. In the story, living in his head leads Walter to imagine all sorts of adventures while going about ordinary tasks, such as shopping with his wife. The problem that I face is that living in my head leads me to rarely be where I am.
What I mean is that I frequently find myself thinking about the next task or the next assignment while I’m working on the first. It’s not attention deficit disorder; it’s not a love of multi-tasking. It’s simply that my mind and my body rarely find themselves in the same place. The trouble with that is that I never fully commit to what I’m doing at any given time. In church I think about what work I have to do at home after the service is over.
What does God say? He says to “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). He says, “do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). In short, God says to be where I am, to trust him, and to let him be God. I don’t have to control everything; I don’t have to consider every outcome. God is in control, and because he is in control we get to truly be still in the comfort and joy of knowing and trusting that he is God, and that he will take care of us.