October 2, 2020 ~ Be Still
Psalm 46:10 ~ Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
“Be Still”, In today’s world how many of us can actually turn off everything and be still as God commands? No phone, no smart watch, no tv, no radio, no fan for noise, nothing except you and God. Try it. It is harder than you might think. We are so used to having some type of noise in the background that the absence of noise seems abnormal to us.
Yet, if I am outside in a round-pen working with a horse, I want that silence. Just me and the horse. I can read the horses thoughts and movements and he mine. It is so easy to be still and quiet when I am working with a horse, they are a flight animal that weighs upwards of 900 pounds easily. If scared they can kill or disable a person without meaning to. Just this past weekend I was at the farm with Louie (my horse) and I hopped on him with just his halter and lead rope to guide him. No bridle, bit or saddle. Just the two of us in the quiet to communicate what we wanted. He wanted cookies, I wanted him to walk quietly and bend softly around my leg. We both got what we wanted because we were quiet and soft.
It comes back to “Be still”, “Be still and know that I am God.” When we are still and surrender to God we can find the peace within ourselves even when everything around us is in a state of chaos. When life is overwhelming and you think that you cannot deal with one more task, person or thing… I challenge you to do this one thing with me this week. Take a minute, turn off your phone, your tablet, your tv, radio and just be still and let the voice of God in. Let God have some of that anxiety and worry.
You know my heart better than I know it myself. You know my struggles and You hold each hope and fear in your caring hands. Teach me, Lord, to be still and know that You are God. Amen.