October 19, 2016
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” Lately I have needed this reminder. The whole idea of being still sounds great in theory, but has been very difficult to practice. It feels like I have been running from one thing to the next with my mind racing in 20 different directions. Has anyone else ever felt this way or is it just me?
This week I was in a situation where I was forced to be still. It was hard. Really hard. All I thought about at first was all the things I needed to be doing and how I was wasting time. As time went by, my mind began to settle a little bit. I was able to do some reading and then just sat. Finally I came to where I was able to settle my mind and spend some time in prayer. As my anxiety over being still slowly subsided, I was presented with a task that I had to move on to, and my still time was over.
I didn’t really recognize how I went through these different stages until after it was over. Being still can be hard for some of us. But when we focus on the next phrase in the verse maybe it can become a little easier. “Know that I am God.” I needed to be reminded that God has everything under His control. I am not as important or critical in getting things done as sometimes I think I am. It’s funny how something I was not looking forward to was exactly what I needed. I guess God does know what He is doing.
Mr. Robert Koehne