Be Still

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

Sleep had been fitful and finally non-existent so at 4:30 a.m., I got out of bed, showered and put on the coffee. Caffeine finally energized me enough to begin the day’s activities but there was still a weight in the pit of my stomach. Late the previous evening we received word of a huge financial loss and our future was murky to say the least. This wasn’t just a matter of belt-tightening but a much more dire situation.

I made my way to the corner where God and I meet each morning and turned to see which psalm was indicated in my well-worn weekly devotional guide. I read the familiar opening verse of Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  I smiled as I thought of God’s perfect timing. He knew what words I would need and when I would need them.

But words farther down struck with even greater force: “Be still and know that I am God.” (The Hebrew language has the meaning of)“relax”.  The writer goes on to give the reason why I can choose to be still in the midst of turmoil:  Be still! The Lord Almighty is with us.

The situation hasn’t changed but as I consistently refuse to worry and thank God for the One who is my refuge and strength, I am acknowledging that the Lord Almighty knows, understands and stands ready to help.

In the middle of turmoil, Lord, it’s so easy to forget that you not only love me but stand ready to prop up my faltering faith. Help me believe even when I cannot see.

By Marilyn Ehle
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