Reading the Word
Be still and know that I am God.
Reflecting on the Word
The call to be still, to stand silent, to cease striving, comes in the context of a life in chaos. A life surrounded by landslides, tidal waves, and earthquakes. Whether the chaos is environmental, political, relational, emotional, or simply organizational, there is a river, the psalmist tells us, that flows from the throne of God. A river that remains clear and refreshing, undisturbed by the upheavals. A river whose streams bring gladness. The gladness we can have in the midst of turbulent times, the peace that flows like a river, is the nearness of our God.
“The Lord of hosts is with us,” the psalmist assures us.
“The God of Jacob is our stronghold.”
He is with us when our world caves in around us.
When the marriage others looked up to slips into the heart of the sea. When the once-calm relationships now roar and foam.
When the once-stable mountain of financial security now quakes.
He is “our refuge and strength.”
“A very present help in trouble.”
We will never know it, though, unless we cease striving and still our heart.
Responding to the Word
Lord, I feel like a mouse in a treadmill.
Rushing around, faster and faster.
And the first think that goes out of the window is you.
No time, Lord, sorry!
Then my family.
They should know I’m busy and not ask for my time!
And my friends.
Can’t they see all the things I have to do?
Lord, it’s at times like this that I need you most.
Yet you seem so far away.
Why, Lord? Where have you gone?
Then I hear it, the quiet voice . . .
. . . be still and know that I am God.
You are near. You have been there all the time.
And I understand that I can’t heart you if I don’t give time to you.
Lord, I just thought so much depended on me. I know the
whole world wouldn’t end if I took a break, but it made me feel
important. I need to remember that it’s your world, your work.
I’m glad to have a part in it, but it’s yours, not mine. And when
I’ve done what I can, I can safely leave the rest to you.
A Silence and a Shouting