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“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Be Still

Carol Gilliland – United Methodist Women

God’s people are commanded to “be still” in this verse.

Before I studied this fully I was pondering images of just being too busy.  Our life is a series of work and chores and even the day of rest often means getting the rest of the laundry and cooking done.  In some ways, all this movement can be paralyzing. We feel stuck or caught because though we’re moving all over the place there is no direction or meaning behind it. We know we’re moving, but we wonder if we’re really getting anywhere.

It’s been stated that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day. Those thoughts aren’t always positive.  If I become frazzled at all throughout the day, I want to tell myself, “Be still.” I hope it helps.

Why can’t I shut my brain off at night? Spending time during the day or earlier in the evening to sit and address those concerns may help.  Night is not the best time to realize feelings of being truly incapable of controlling life when you can’t even control sleep.  It might help to journal or make to do lists. If I become frazzled at all throughout the day, I will tell myself, “Be still.” I hope it helps.  Be still means Time to Chill!

It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.”  Help us to be like Jesus who required quiet time and prayer.  Turn off the many toys and noisemakers that do not make us quiet.

The next time you have fearful and anxious thoughts that are raging within you like a violent storm, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.”

Prayer: God help me BE STILL and find peace in You.