Be still, and know that I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10A lot of us are seeking right now. We may be seeking healing for physical and emotional pain…or answers to tough questions, like “What’s next for me?” “Where am I supposed to be living?” “What is my purpose in life?” “What have I uniquely been designed to do?” We’re seeking relationship with God, who we’re just not feeling that close to right now. And we’re seeking peace as we seek.
I was praying about this and heard that inner voice say, “Be still, and know that I am God.” And it dawned on me. When I’m seeking, I tend to want an answer right away. If I don’t get one, I want to DO something, and that something is often thinking, worrying, ruminating constantly. That leads me straight to anxiety, restlessness, even sleepless nights of tossing and turning. I know full well that God tells me, “Do not be anxious about anything…” but off I go!
So when I heard that still small voice, I decided, “Okay, I’m really going to try to quiet my mind, to be still before you Lord and to go about my day with a mind that is more sensitive to You.” Peace started to settle in. I headed out to church and not surprisingly the scriptures were a perfect fit for my mindset. I was reminded in Jeremiah that the Lord is my Shepherd and He tends to me as one of His flock…He leads me beside still waters and restores my soul, He comforts me, and protects me so I need not be afraid (Psalm 23)…and in the Gospel reading, we were told that the apostles were so busy preaching and ministering, they didn’t even have a chance to eat. So Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Sounds like a very good idea…
The priest shared some thoughts on the scriptures. He stressed the need for sanctuary, a sacred place of refuge, in our lives; not a place, but a space that lies within the core of our being, where God dwells. As little as 5-10 minutes of quiet communion with God allows Him to speak to us, give us His will, share His wisdom, and renew our spirit. Surely I can fit that into my busy day.
You Are Mine, one of my favorite worship songs, was also part of the service:
“I will come to you in the silence.
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice.
I claim you as my choice.
Be still and know I am here.”
My story doesn’t quite end there…I “happened” to clean off my bulletin board. Buried under the multi-layers of papers thumbtacked to my board was a prayer someone had e-mailed me some time ago. It was just perfect! So for all you seekers out there:
Father, I pray for all of us who are seeking, as we are desiring to know your will for our lives. I pray that you would place within us those eyes to see and ears to hear as we are wanting you to speak and show us your perfect plan. Affirm your voice to us through other people, through books we’re reading, through sermons at church, etc., so that we would know with confidence where it is you are leading us. I pray Luke 5:11 for us, that we would be willing to leave everything (our own desires, other people’s expectations) to follow you and you alone. Grant us your peace and joy and rest in the journey of waiting on you. Shower us with your love. I pray John 14:28 that our hearts would not be troubled and we would not be afraid. Establish the work of our hands as we go about your business.
How about you? How's your sanctuary? Are you spending any time there?