Let me state right up front that when it comes to my religious/spiritual beliefs, I'm about as Christian as, well, Moses. Or Pharaoh.
In other words, I'm NOT. A Christian, that is.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
It's a Choice. A Lifestyle, if you will.
Bible Thumpers annoy me. I can't recall the last time a Muslim, Jew or Buddhist knocked on my door wanting to save my soul from eternal damnation.
Because it's never happened.
Today, however, I had an experience at the Department of Motor Vehicles (of all places) that gave me pause.
For starters, every time I have to go to this particular DMV, I always, ALWAYS get lost. I turn right off the freeway when I should have turned left, I turn left on the street where its located instead of turning right and by the time I figure out where I screwed up, I've taken the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
All I needed to do was renew the registration on my ATV, which expired back in 2004. Yes, I'm a little late. My excuse is that I never received a renewal notice. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So the lovely Woman of Color is doing my paperwork and suddenly she leans forward and beckons me in like she's going to tell me a secret.
I lean in real close and she whispers, "Do you read the Bible?" And I'm thinking, "Crap. All I want is my OHV sticker and instead another well-meaning Bible Thumper wants to save my soul. At the DMV. Great, just great" but instead I just pleasantly say, "Some times." Which is not really a lie.
She then tells me that there's a verse that says, "Be Still and Know that I am God" and I nod and smile and I don't say anything.
Then she tells me that when it gets all chaotic and crazy, which, at the DMV happens on a regular basis, she takes a deep breath and sits still for a moment and whispers that verse to herself. Then, she said, she is reminded of a Greater Power and can continue to do her job without going postal.
I just continued to nod and smile and I took my items and wished her a wonderful Thanksgiving and started to toddle off when I stopped and turned back and said, "Thank you for sharing that."
And she just smiled and said, "Your welcome."
The whole way home (I didn't get lost LEAVING the DMV) I just kept hearing that lady whisper, "Be Still and Know that I am God."
And the lesson I learned today was that in times of chaos, just take a moment to be still and focus on a Positive.
This will come in handy during the chaotic holidays.