Be. Still.

Be still and know that I am God…

What a beautiful invitation from the Psalms….Stop. Rest. Be. Know.

Be still and know that I am God….

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.

Be still and know that I am God…
 

I wish this were my mantra; I wish I had a mantra—words that center and still me: Stop. Rest. Be. Know.

I try and fail again and again. Instead, my mind MOVES: from e-mails to grocery lists to unreturned texts to painful conversations to packing school lunches to designing postcards to….

 

 

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.

I recently committed—to myself, my spiritual director, my small group, God—that I would spend five minutes a day in silence. Just. Five. Minutes. Easy peasy, right?


I did it twice in 40 days. 10 minutes of intentional silence in just over a month.

 

 

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.

Be still and know I am God.

I wish this were my mantra. I wish I tried harder to make it my mantra.

I wish I had tips and tricks to share to make silence possible for you and for me—wisdom gleaned from my theology degree and years in ministry. Right now I simply have an admission (a confession?)—it’s hard as hell. I’m disciplined in all kinds of ways but making the time and space for silence eludes me.
 

I could blame all the movement, all the noise, on the preponderance of screens; the ability to constantly communicate; having two young children and a busy schedule; our culture’s privileging of productivity; and and and….but surely, in spite of all this, I can find just five minutes. Why the resistance?

Be still and know that I am God.

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.


When I don’t stop, my mantra becomes: move and know that you are in control. Surely, if the lists are thorough, the inbox at zero, the beds made and lunches packed, the postcard designed—I can plan for the future and control the outcome. Keep everybody safe. Hold the world in the palm of my hand.

 

 

If I can be so presumptuous, I would add to the Psalm: Be still and know that I am God…and you are NOT God, my precious, foolish child.

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.


I hope that silence comes easy for you. Or at least isn’t such a struggle. There are, in fact, apps for that—on guided meditation and contemplative prayer. A google search offers more tools that we could ever use.

And yet…google won’t offer the good news that God is in control, not me or you or any other person in this marvelous world. It takes stopping. Resting. Being. Knowing.

Join me in trying? In succeeding? In failing spectacularly? And trying again?

 

Stop. Rest. Be. Know.