Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

It seems like in our crazy, crazy world many of us are so busy we barely have time to breathe. We run ourselves or our kids from one activity to the next, our schedules so full we have to pencil in something as important as eating supper as a family. We begin to wonder how we can do it all.

It’s not only our bodies that are busy but also our minds. Our thoughts are filled with worries like health scares, family problems, financial insecurity, or that persistent political thorn in everyone’s side this election year.

Hurry and worry. They are a pair. We try so hard to make our lives perfect that we forget how to live for Christ. The anecdote is spelled out simply for us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

How simple is that? Yet how often do we remember it? I know I’m guilty for not following that verse nearly enough. If our minds and our bodies are constantly busy, how can we ever hear God speaking to us? His words get jumbled up with all the other crud stashed in my brain, things that I can’t fix, no matter how hard I try. Things I’m not even supposed to fix. Problems that God has promised He will handle. So why is it so hard to be still and turn it all over to God?

Because I am human and a sinner who needs forgiveness.

bethesda churchDear God, help me to be still so I can hear your voice and feel your loving presence. Help me to put all my baggage in your care, for you alone are our protector from evil. Let me be still and trust in you. Amen.

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Shari Barr

Shari Barr lives on a farm in southwest Iowa with her husband and they have a grown son and daughter. Her most recent fiction titles include four "McKenzie" books in the Camp Club Girls series for middle grade girls.

12 thoughts on “Be Still”

  1. Beautifully said, Shari! And such important words for our times. It seems “being still” is devalued in our society, and that being busy, busy, busy is more important. We forget, even God took a day off to rest!

    1. I agree. Being still is definitely devalued, almost looked down upon. But it is so, so important to hear God’s voice.

  2. This is one of my favorite verses because I’m such an introvert that crowds and commotion wear me out. Some times I have to take a moment in the thrall to just be still and feel myself aligned with God so I can feel sane. But, you’re right. We stuff so much into our days that God gets booted out, as do our families. I’m not a fan of filling your lives so full of activities that you don’t have time left. The thing is, this society tends to make you feel guilty if you don’t have something going all the time. Like you’re a failure if you aren’t super busy doing this and that. This is a good reminder. Thank you, Shari.

    1. You and I are so much alike, Dawn. After I’ve been in a crowd, I have to go somewhere and just be alone to recharge. “Being still” is a necessity to me. Maybe that’s why God made me an introvert-so I would have to be still once in awhile. And yes, I’ve had people try to make me feel guilty for not being on the go constantly. But I’m so much happier if I’ve had time to “lay low.”

  3. You know, since I’m home and alone a lot you would thinking the being still part would be easy for me but I find that no matter how still my body is, my mind is constantly racing. It’s a challenge to make all those thoughts be still so I can actually reflect and listen.

    1. I’m with you. My mind seems to be going a mile a minute unless I make a conscious effort to slow it down.

  4. Sometimes that baggage is awfully hard to set down. If does feel good when we finally lay our burdens at His feet.

    1. Sometimes I think we cling to those burdens because we’ve carried them so long they feel like part of us. Yes, I feel peace too when I finally place them at His feet.

  5. Shari, I SO needed to hear this! My week has been so busy with work and other activities, that when I came home, I had to just tell myself to SIT for a moment and BREATHE. It felt SO right to just be still, and bask in His presence.

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