25 Nov Be Still
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” -Psalm 46:10
I left my house on Friday morning for my 6:30am workout and it was POURING rain outside. As soon as I got in my car, I realized that I had left my phone in the house. Looking at the rain, I thought “it’s just a workout… I can go an hour and a half without my phone.” So I left it there and drove away. When my workout was over, I drove about two blocks and realized my low tire pressure light had come on, so I pulled over and checked the wheel – it was completely flat. Like, stop-right-there-and-call-for-roadside-assistance-flat. I have OnStar so I called them and then the wait began.
All in all, between the dealership and waiting for roadside assistance to get to me to help me put my spare on, I was alone and “phoneless” for 3.5 hours. I had no distractions, I was warm and dry inside my car or inside the dealership, and in the stillness of it all, I felt a quiet peace – an overwhelming sense of gratitude, and the urge to pray for several people I love who are hurting right now.
I sat in there on Friday morning and talked to God for hours – I NEVER do that. I never sit still and know that He is God for longer than a few minutes because I’ll either get distracted or fall asleep. Or, I’ll open up my Bible and even then I’m distracted from the conversation in front of me. I’ll pray while I’m driving, but I’m still having to focus on the road… Friday morning was different. I was stuck without any distractions and nowhere to go…
I felt like He gave me a special time to just be still and know that He is God, and to be with him. What a gift.
That evening, my entire family attended the George Strait concert here in town, and one of the first songs he sang was one I hadn’t heard in years, but it moved me to tears, especially after the morning I had just experienced.
While God had given me and extreme opportunity to be still and know that He is God, I realized in the middle of that concert that He gives us all thousands of tiny opportunities to pause for a moment and see Him and know that He is God. In this song, it’s a flower blooming in a crack in the concrete, for you it may be in the moment you pause to see a butterfly, or when a gust of wind makes you stop and enjoy a deep breath, or when your child gives you that special smile that takes your breath away for a second.
He’s there. Right then.
If we can put our phones down for a second and take a moment to be still and know that He is God, He will show up. He gives us opportunities to see Him – we just have to pause long enough to look.
As the song says:
“I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know He’s here
But I don’t look
Near as often as I should
Yeah I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just look down and stop and stare
Open my eyes and then I swear
I Saw God Today”
This week, especially in the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday, I urge you to stop and look for God. It may surprise you how He shows up when we take a moment to be still and know that He is God.