This week we will practice what it means to be still and know that He is God in a world of speed and chaos. Regardless of the volume of noise and the weight of our tasks, God desires us to be still.
My stillness today reflects the view of the sun through the sunroof from inside my car during my lunch break. In the midst of the many obstacles and uncertainties at work right now, I don’t want to become entangled in the stress of it. Instead, I consume my soul in the still light of God and open my heart wide to His beautiful presence.
Today I found my stillness at a nearby park. It was right after I introduced myself to my work’s competition we were once partnered with. It was strange, uncomfortable and a little frightening.
I stood on the bridge and I closed my eyes. Everything around me was turning, but I remained still. I tuned into my senses where I could hear the hymns of the birds, the sound of the calm current, the feeling of the breeze graze through my hair, the touch of the warm rays of the sun and the sight of all the colors and beauty surrounding me.
I was still.
I know He is God.
The scrambling had me running in circles this morning. Stray thoughts scattered my brain until I was nearly paralyzed. This isn’t working, I need to get this done, I need to call this person, I need to see that person….
I felt myself struggling to capture each thought until the stillness.
Ah, yes the quiet stillness that called me to be.
It came this morning through my daily devotional. I quietly read the page and His still small voice met me right there, on page 138.
Our trials do not provide the breath in our bodies, God does. So, why do we insist on breathing it in like oxygen? They are currents which flow directly to Him, they are the way to peace.
Follow the current, and there you will find your breath.
Moments before I head into a meeting, my heart urges me to be still. My thoughts are like a violent funnel at times, spinning every thought into debris. I sigh. I stop.
I find my stillness today from the driver’s seat of my car. Every thought that attempted to break my stillness, slammed into a wall where they couldn’t complete their mission. A thought would take shape and then they would vanish. It’s as if God caught each one with His hands and crushed them into dust.
I am still.
He is God.
My thoughts are not.
My stillness came today with a perfect view of a wall. A familiar wall. The one we find smack dab in the center of our hearts. The wall we try and climb over time and time again. The wall that restricts us from change and keeps our bad habits intact.
I close my eyes and I let God in. I center my thoughts around His complete control. I give Him all the things that stand before my wall, for I know I serve a God who has the mighty power to break them down. A God who orchestrates every detail of our lives to which He holds complete control.
So, when we find ourselves frantically trying to break down our own walls, we should know we are attempting to do something only God can do. Our job is to bring Him all that stands before it. Our job is to bring Him our hearts. He will either crumble the entire wall, or He will remove it piece by piece. But, He will take it down in His way and in His timing. What stands on the other side is His perfect will, encompassed in absolute beauty.
Be still and know…
He is God and He’s in complete control.
As I sit across from a sleeping Hospice patient, I wonder about the timeline of her life moments. All the moments she….
I glance at the nearby photos of her family and I wonder about the waves of emotions they are embracing….
My stillness came today from a chair next to a window in an assisted living facility.
I watched her sleep for a few moments before my silenced heart met my prayers.
God is so much larger than the grainy perceptions our eyes capture. He’s bigger than any emotion we can ever feel. He’s above every wondering thought.
He’s given us a certain capacity to perceive Him, otherwise, our Faith would be meaningless.
There in the heart of our Faith is how we trust and believe that He walks through every moment of our lives with us; until the window of Heaven opens, and we can finally view just how big and beautiful God really is.
My stillness today arrived as I hit my knees in our prayer room.
As I read through some heartwarming Mother’s Day posts, the feeling of simplicity coasted through my veins.
In a world as complex as this one, competing for status, measuring against worth and desiring perishable riches, we forget the simple truths that breed in our very souls. The Love for our parents and children, our gratitude for family, the sweet and tender memories we make along the way.
This is simplicity. This is what fills us.
As complicated as the world may seem, it doesn’t compare to all the simple things that fill us with Love.
Know that He is God.
This world and its riches are not.