Be Still and Know …

I can sit still and be quiet. Even though my body may be still, my mind is racing in a million different directions. Endless to-do lists, conversations that need to be had, what’s for dinner, how to get that stain out of the laundry, projects left undone, new projects to shop for, did I feed the cat? On and on my mind goes, never still–always racing. In fact, I sometimes have hurry-sickness: a behavior pattern characterized by continual rushing and anxiousness; an overwhelming and continual sense of urgency. This kind of mental racing does not follow God’s plan of being still. Slowing down takes discipline, and being still before God takes spiritual discipline.

On one of my recent trips into the mountains for some camping, I challenged myself to be still and spend time with God. As I read Psalm 46, I was once again amazed that the world may be going thru turmoil, but at the sound of God’s voice, all melts away, and we are told to be still and know that I am God.

God wants us to know Him and know that He is God. I sat by the river and watched the clouds move across the sky, the river was running its course, the birds and fish had food for the day and there were more shades of green than my eye could count. After spending time being quiet and keeping my mind quiet, I was reminded again that He is God and I am not. God made all things for His pleasure and our good. He gives us flavors and sights that seem endless, yet everything keeps running according to His schedule. Nothing is able to thwart His purposes and plans, nothing changes who He is. God creates and He sustains. Our power is limited: we can only do so much good or so much bad. I cannot create and sustain a planet, nor can I destroy all of creation. My ability is limited by time, resources, and will. God is limited by none of these. He sits beyond time, He owns all things, and His will is steadfast.

I invite you to re-read Psalm 46 and find some time for stillness that you may know God and see His hand in your life.

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.



  1. Reply
    Bev Turner says

    I need to do
    this……soon. thanks, Bonnie.

  2. Reply
    carolyn keefer says

    Such a good reminder to all of us “busy” thinkers ! Thank you for sharing!

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