Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a
Don’t move. Pause. Cease all motion for a moment. That is the command of God as related by the psalmist. The command for stillness is a call to recognize that God is at work in the world so that we don’t always need to be. Be still, and watch for God at work. Be still, and become newly aware that God acts on our behalf. Be still, and take note of the fact that life continues uninterrupted without our assistance.
Stillness is a form of sabbath. Stillness requires that we rest from our labor. Stillness quiets our activity long enough for us to take notice of all the remarkable happenings going on around us. In fact, our over activity may blur our vision in ways that prevent us from seeing how God is at work in the world and in the lives around us. The command is beautiful and simple: Be still, and know God!
Can you take some time to be still and observant today?
Lord, I keep myself in perpetual motion. I am not entirely sure why. Perhaps my busyness is a way of coping with the deep questions about my existence that I would rather not take time to ponder. Questions of life and death are simply beyond my ability to comprehend, so I would rather ignore them by pressing on and working hard. But if I don’t stop to contemplate who I really am, what I am doing in the world, and who You call me to be, I will likely miss out on the most important part of my existence…my relationship with You. I will pause today to look for You. Please reveal Yourself to me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.