He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)
As I’m discovering more about what it means to “Abide” this year, I keep coming across this word “Still” and it’s honestly bugging me. Because I’m an overachiever. I like to make a list and then get things done. Check off those boxes and leave a wake of completed projects behind me.
If I sit down to watch television or a movie, I get fidgety unless I’ve got something else to do like use my phone to check on Facebook or pick up that crochet project. Even reading a book sometimes induces guilt so I’ll start walking while reading.
I guess you could say I’m a get-it-all-caught-up-and-then-I-can-relax kind of girl.
Except a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome when my oldest two were preschoolers taught me the importance of regular rest for optimal health. So I’ll take a nap…and then jump right back into the crazy. But I’m finding I need more than a nap. More than finishing the checklist and clearing the mental desktop. More than decluttering the space around me. More than filling my soul with creative goodness. More than slowing down a little to truly engage with my family.
I keep finding myself constantly working to open doors in my writing career and even more so when it comes to all the marketing involved. Striving. Seeking. Yearning. Trying. Doing.
And in the middle of my perpetual motion, the Vinedresser whispers to this hyperactive branch…Be still. Don’t just slow down, stop.
But stillness is more than simply not moving. It’s also a place of deep silence or calm. A place of quiet where I can listen. Really listen until I discover that God is God whether I get my list accomplished or not. He will be exalted whether my latest book gets finished this week or next month or even this year. And as I’m still, I begin to really know God in a deeper way.
“In quietness and trust is your strength.” ~Isaiah 30:15
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ~Exodus 14:14
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” ~Psalm 130:5
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way…” ~Psalm 37:37
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” ~Psalm 40:1
(And in case you’re like me and need help learning how to be still…) “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” ~Psalm 107:29
What about you? Are you a hyperactive branch like me or have you learned to be still? What does it look like to “be still and know”?