Learning to be Still

Today’s Word:  BE

Today’s Time of Stillness:  9 minutes

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

It’s starting to get serious now, this practice of being still.  One minute, two minutes, four minutes.  We can knock those out without much thought or planning.  I’ll be the first to admit, these past few days, I find myself opening one eye to check the clock.  Surely it’s almost time.  Eight minutes.  Nine minutes.  It’s incredible how that minute hand circles around so much faster when I’m late getting ready for work than it does when I’m resting quietly.

It’s hard to be still; physically and mentally still.  We’re so used to multi-tasking and over thinking that silence comes as an unwelcome stranger rather than a gift.

But God isn’t looking for so much busyness from us.  He doesn’t require any great acts of piety, or carefully planned words, or clever stocking stuffers.  God simply invites us to be.  To be still.  To be still and know that he is God.

Because when we get that part right – that God is God and we are not – that is when we can truly rest.

Developing any spiritual practice is always a journey.  They don’t call it a discipline for nothing!

This week, as the minutes of stillness increase each day, begin your time with this prayer exercise as a way to help you focus and center yourself.

Slowly say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Let them hang in the air for a few moments.

Repeat the verse again, this time leaving off the last word.  Let that phrase move in your spirit a bit.

Continue this practice, each time leaving off one more word, until you end with “Be still,” and then finally simply with “Be.”

Be still this week.  Know.  Rest.  Listen.

 

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