You are probably wondering, “What is the Dead Frog Game!” Well, the Dead Frog Game is a form of the quiet game we came up with because the regular quiet game no longer worked. It’s so much more fun to lay on the ground and pretend to be a dead frog than it is to sit quietly in a chair.
In our house, when things just get too loud and chaotic, as things often get with six kiddos twelve and under, we randomly shout, “One. Two. Three. Dead Frog Game!” Everyone drops to the ground exactly where they were standing (or jumping or climbing) and pretends to be the best dead frog they can be. I then get a few minutes of precious silence and I can hear myself think again. It’s like hitting the reset button. It reminds me of the verse, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10. Sometimes my little heathens just need to be still! Haha.
I have been thinking a lot about Dead Frog Game lately. There have been so many moments I wish I could have a time out. Life has been so busy, and I have just wanted a few minutes of stillness. I just want to yell, “One. Two. Three. Dead Frog Game!,” and have the world stop.
Sometimes, God just wants us to stop and be still. Sometimes the quiet game just doesn’t work any more, and it takes something more drastic like the “Dead Frog Game” to stop us in our tracks and get our attention.
This week, two of my kids had surgery unexpectedly. It was scary. I had no answers as to why this was happening. Was it a trial to make us stronger? Was it the devil trying to discourage us from serving the Lord? I didn’t know, but I knew that God wanted me to just be still. I had to stop painting/ remodeling the house we are getting ready to sell and pause school and other things. I have had to stop everything going on in my life to simply be still, care for my babies, and listen to Him. Sometimes we just have to be still and trust in Him until He is ready to move us again.
As I reflect on this, I ask if God has ever had to use something drastic to get you to be still or to bring you to a quiet or restful state. Sometimes, you need to be still just to take in all of the things God is doing in your life or to hear what He wants you to do next. Sometimes, the big thing isn’t the point He is trying to make; sometimes He is in the stillness that follows the chaos. Today, take some time to be still and just listen to Him.
One. Two. Three. Dead Frog Game!
“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
I Kings 19:11-13