Unagitated Calm……that is a desire of my heart.
How long can I abstain from motion? How long can I go without uttering a sound? Words such as subdued, muted, tranquil, calm, quiet, free from disturbance all describe the word still. To perceive, recognize, be acquainted or familiar with, to have experience, practical understanding of and/or recognize the nature of…are all things to define the word know.
So when the Psalmist in Psalms 46:10 urges us to “Be Still and KNOW that I am God…”, I am wondering how many of us are being still long enough to discern the divine in our lives?!
God keeps calling me to this verse. First I hear a praise and worship song on the radio the minute I tune in…’be still and know’. Then I was checking out a homespun fabric online site and can you believe that on the website homepage is the verse “Be still and know that I am God…”
When God shows me something a few times, slow as I am, I finally comprehend that He is speaking to me. He is showing me something that I specifically need.
I have a lot of things on my emotional/physical plates lately: Innumerable questions about the house we bought and are trying to fix up; questions about how the future will look in retirement; current assignments and obligations that tether me to this wonderful church/parsonage life I have loved…and God’s take is this: “Phyllis, be still and know that I am God.”
May I share from the Amplified Bible with any of you who may be swimming in a similar pool with the fish and shark questions circling: “Let be and be still and know (recognize and understand) that I AM GOD. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“So I am laying down questions that haunt me now; answers I’ll just never know- Just for the chance to meet You here again and all for the joy just to know the God of the heavens You formed me and made me. You water the depths of my soul. Would You keep calling me back to this shore O, Love that will not let me go? To simply be still, to simply be still and know.”
(Verse three of “Be Still” by Shannon Wexelberg from her “Take Heart” CD)