Sunday, February 03, 2008
Be still, and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10
Be still. Why would God give that command? Why would anyone give it, unless the one who is being spoken to is living at a frantic pace? To-do lists that won't be completed. Kids to take from school to soccer to dance and back home. Phone calls and e-mails. Dinner to cook, dishes to clean, bodies to keep fit.
God tells us "Be still."
But we keep going. Like that pink bunny with the bass drum, And as if we're not frantically busy enough, something else is added to our lives. The car needs fixing. The freezer stops freezing. Our spouse gets a DUI. Our best friends are divorcing. Dad's been diagnosed with advanced cancer. And the bad habit you thought you had under control is beckoning you like an old friend, inviting you to party like the old days.
"Be still." Stop. Take a time-out. Not because you've been bad. You're not being punished, sent to the corner to think about how you got into this mess.
"Be still, and know that I am God." Take a time-out from the playing field of life.
Your coach needs to tell you something that will help you in your game, but he can't do it while the game is in play. Unless you take a time-out, come to the sideline, and be still.
"Know that I am God." Not you. You are not God. And neither is your unending to-do list. Or the piles of dishes and laundry. The car and the exercise equipment? Not even close. The ailments of your family and your broken heart? They may be pretty high up on your attention list, but they are not God.
That voice calling you from the sideline to be still ... That's God.
at 7:40 AM