God’s Refrain

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

“Be still!” I whispered.

More movement.

Again I spoke – this time a little more loudly and sternly – “Be still!” 

My precious daughter is now ten years old, but when she was a tiny tot, we sometimes slept in the same bed. Or tried to sleep. She’s an incurable wiggle-worm. Truly, after attempting to sleep with her several times, I’ve given up. The motion her movements create make me feel seasick.

Funny thing is, I remember my mom saying the same thing to me as a child. The harder I tried not to squirm as I lay in bed next to her, the more I itched to move. It was truly a dilemma for both of us.

“Be still and know that I am God …”

The Lord whispered these very words to me early this morning. Though drawn to such an appealing concept, I find it very hard to do. God patiently repeated His counsel as my mind continued to actively chase thoughts. Yet the more I endeavored to “be still”, the more my thoughts raced.

Exhausting. These efforts of mine to cover the details and get everything done.

“But I can’t. I have so much to do today. Please show me what to do, Lord.”

“Be still and know that I am God.”

His answer remained the same. As the day progressed and unexpected plans surfaced, I quickly realized this was not going to be a day spent accomplishing my plans. Rather, God’s plans took precedence and resulted in a delightful day. To God be the glory!

Dear friend, do you find yourself struggling, striving, and fretting? May our loving Father also impress upon you to “Be still and know that I am God …”

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3


6 thoughts on “God’s Refrain

  1. Emily, thank you for the encouraging words. Sometime it is so hard to do just that, “Be still and know that I am God”. We all have so many things pulling us away from just sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to what He is telling us. May He continue to bless your work that He has set before you.

    1. Dear Karin,

      You’re welcome – to God be the glory! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s so nice to hear from you ~ blessings to you in your ministry as well.

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