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Be Still

Student reading Mary Poppins

Be Still

by Christy Johnson, Director of Communications

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

That verse more than any other has been the theme of my life for 2016. God has literally wrestled me to the ground over this, so much, so that I recently had “be still” tattooed on my wrist to remind me of this hard-learned lesson. I don’t ever want to forget that I have to take the time to be still.

I never knew what it meant to be still before this year. Busyness was my addiction. Being still in body and mind was terrifying. It brought up thoughts and feelings I’d rather not acknowledge or deal with. The Holy Spirit would whisper to my soul things I wasn’t ready to hear. The vulnerability exposed by those gentle whispers was too much. So to distract myself, I stayed busy. The busyness kept that quiet whisper from being recognized and received.

Maybe you can relate. Do you feel guilty if you are still? There is so much that needs to be done! Work, laundry, and dishes, not to mention being present for your family! It is hard to find the time to just “be” in the stillness. Moreover, the vulnerability that stillness exposes can be overwhelming and terrifying! However, what I’ve learned more than anything else is that if I miss my still time, I miss the many blessings that God has for me in the stillness.

The stillness is where God shows up for me. He calls out to me daily if I will take the time to be still and listen. Without the busyness of life to distract me, my pain and brokenness bubbles up and spills out of me.   It tumbles out into the light where Jesus can meet it and speak kindness into it. If I never exposed or acknowledged it, how could Jesus ever get his hands on it to redeem it? In the stillness, God shows up and meets me where I am hurting and breathes redemption into my pain. From now on, I can do nothing less than run toward the stillness, breathless with anticipation for the sweetness to be found there. His grace and mercy too good to miss.