Have you ever noticed that just when you try to get quiet and still, something always becomes necessary? You just get comfy, snuggled into bed, and then…a kiddo needs you, a critter needs out, or you have to go to the bathroom! It never fails! What about when you suddenly question whether you locked the door? You know that feeling. You lay there in bed, trying to stay comfortable, desperately trying to be still. Then, you can’t take it anymore and you have to jump up to check to see if the door is locked. Of course…it is! Ugh! Then, as long as you’re up you might as well try to tinkle one more time. Oh, and then that item needs to be added to the grocery list. You know the drill. Stillness is often times fleeting.
For the past several days, God has put Psalm 46:10 on my heart. “Be still and know that I am God.” That “Be Still” phrase seems to be repeating deep within my soul like a broken record. Be Still. That’s straight from God. He’s not making the suggestion that we try to be still. Or that we should be still when we have time. He commands…Be still. That’s a direct order! Even greater is that he orders us to be still, and KNOW that He is God. Know it. Feel that truth in the deepest, darkest parts of our very being. That’s tough stuff when you can’t sit still for more than a few minutes before someone needs something.
I was chatting with ladies at Sunday night Bible study about “Be still”. It was then that we realized there is much more to this be still thing than just sitting still. Be still can be misconstrued as stop moving. Yet, it means so much more than that. Be still means to become untroubled. To be free of turbulence. You know…those annoying bumps and jiggles that occur when you are “flying the friendly skies”. Or maybe the turbulence we feel in everyday life as we deal with people. I know that we all take some bumps and bruises from all that we encounter on a daily basis. Just trying to make it through traffic without loosing our minds can cause serious turbulence.
Stillness is also interpreted as being calm. Taking that deep breath, and feeling your shoulders drop down. Feeling the joy of the sun beating on your face, or the warm breeze blowing across your neck. That relaxing calm. Those times when you feel like your load has been lessened, and you can breathe again. That kind of calmness is deep within our spirit…calm at our inner cores. Still is hushed, soothed, peaceful, quiet, gentle, and many more phrases. Just look up the word still. When God commands us to be still, he is referring to so much more than just simple movement. He wants us to find peace deep within our souls.
That’s big stuff y’all. God is telling us that in our everyday lives, we need to take time to slow down enough to find peace in the fact that He is God. And, when we finally realize the peace that comes from knowing he is our savior, our one true God, our king, then we should feel a calmness in our spirit because he is in charge. Knowing that He is God should make us crave stillness. I know I desire those still times when I can connect with my Abba. My Daddy. It’s at that time when we can praise him for He is Good.
Life hasn’t been easy for me lately. The wilderness has swallowed me up in recent weeks. I’m sure in one way or another it has swallowed you too. Life in this fallen, sin filled world isn’t easy. Yet, when we take time to acknowledge deep within our very spirit, we share a Daddy who is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords…the one true God! Y’all, the most amazing peace and calm will flow over us. I know that peace allows me to feel like I can take on the world. That’s exactly how God planned it. He planned for us to recognize his greatness, to praise him for all that he does, and to be ready for his next direction.
All of this makes me want nothing more than to be still, just so that I can see what he is going to do next. What about you? We sure do serve an awesome God!