Monday, December 3, 2012

Be Still and Know . . .

Be STILL and Know I am God . . .   Psalm 46:10


I don’t know about you but this time of year is CRAZY!  Parties, Christmas programs, Children’s choir events, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, shopping to get done . . . and the list goes on and on.


I often feel like a chicken with its head cut-off running around and around in circles accomplishing nothing.

I fell into bed the other night completely exhausted and looking forward to a good night’s sleep only to find that my brain wouldn’t stop running.  I lay there thinking about all the things I’d forgotten to do and all the things that needed to be done, making list after list in my head too tired to get up to grab a pen and paper and write them down.  And I chalked up another night of very little sleep.


With just a little time in my busy schedule, I squeezed in a quick moment with God and wouldn’t  you know it, this verse in Psalms is what God brought to my attention . . . God does have a way of getting at the heart of things!


Be STILL and know that I am God . . .  (Psalm 46:10 NLT)


Okay, okay, I confess I’ve been anything but still! 


As I thought about this verse I had a flashback to long ago when my kids were little . . .  


One of my favorite things to do with my children was to read to them.  They would crawl up in my lap in our rocking chair and we would read.  But as busy toddlers they didn’t like to sit there for too long.  Before I knew it they were squirming and wiggling to get down so they could run off to play.


I feel like that’s the way I’ve been with God lately.  He beckons me to come and sit with Him to be still  and I will for a few sacred moments but it’s not long before I’m thinking about all the things I need to do and I’m off and running without a second’s hesitation.


I know that being still before my Savior is the best way, so why do I allow other things to get in the way?


“Being still” is more than just sitting still for a few short minutes.   It’s STOPPING everything to be with the One who calls us by name.  It’s setting aside the things that need to get done.  It’s allowing our mind to go quiet, to focus on just Him.  It’s becoming single focused.  It’s refusing to multi-task when we’re with Him.  It’s creating a time and space to be fully present with our Savior.  


It’s a deliberate purposeful choice to step out of the chaos and into the stillness.


The reward of BEING STILL is great!  We will come to KNOW Him not for who we want Him to be but for whom He truly is.  Knowing Him that way will build a strong foundation so that when the waters rise and our faith is tested we will TRUST.  


Lord, teach me to be still, to BE in Your presence without being distracted with all that is going on in my life.  Teach me to value my time with You more than I value my list of things that need to get done.  I want to Know You.  I want to Love You with my whole heart.  Amen.


  1. Good one, Kristi...I'm feeling this very much right now! I'm reminded of how Jesus (he who was so busy he often didn't have time to eat!) would take time to find solitude with his Father...even if that meant sneaking off at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I need to seek out ways to do the same.

  2. Thank you for this. I'm in my last tri of pregnancy and feeling stressed this Christmas. My body is not letting me get my to-do list done and I'm so worried about it that I'm not enjoying the season. I just realized yesterday that I need to let go of the busyness, rest, and enjoy this Christmas. Thank you for this confirmation and reminder.