As I was reading the Word today, my memory was jolted to a time when our children were small and certain tasks needed to be done at home. Two come to mind immediately: pulling teeth and taking out slivers. Somehow, and for some reason, those two items fell into the “dad’s task” category.
Pulling teeth wasn’t a big deal, unless, of course, you had a child who was so terrified of having their tooth pulled out that they wouldn’t open their mouth. They knew they wanted that loose tooth out, and would get a reward for having it out, but they had convinced themselves, it was going to hurt and therefore they became tight lipped as it were, preventing me from getting my stubby little, fat fingers in their mouth to yank that little fellow out.
Slivers were even worse. The pain was excruciating. I’m not talking about the pain my child experienced from the sliver, but my pain in having to take a pin and trying to extract it. I hated causing my child pain, but I also knew the only way to stop their discomfort was to get that sliver out. It meant I had to poke and dig a little bit with that pin, but I knew no other way.
Through those experiences I came to understand that two of the most difficult words to speak to a child in those cases are, “Be still.” It’s hard to be still when things hurt, or are difficult, or frightening. Everything in us wants to stay in motion physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
But not only are those two words difficult for a child, they’re also challenging for us as adults – especially when we’re in the middle of the immediate and urgent details of our life. Being still is hardly ever the reaction we do first. We jump… we respond… we take action.
Those two little words, “Be Still!” literally mean to let drop, to release, to relax. Sounds easy to do, but we all know just how hard that really is when we want to do just opposite. When we’re in the thick of a crisis, we’re not the people to drop it, release it, or just relax.
Here’s what the precious Word of God says…
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Another way of saying it would be, “Cease striving…” or “Let go, relax and know that I am God.”
So let me ask you…
When was the last time you released the pressing issue in your life to God?
When was the last time you relaxed in the presence of God?
When was the last time you were quiet enough to hear the whisper of God?
What do you think might happen if you actually were “still” for one hour?
What about 30 minutes?
What about 5 minutes?
You might say to me right now… with what’s going on in my life, I don’t even know if I could be still for 5 minutes with God. And friend, that’s exactly why you need to do it.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Take 5 minutes to drop the immediate and the urgent. Take 5 minutes to release and relax. Take 5 minutes to be still and to be quiet. Take 5 minutes to focus on the greatness of God.
Help me release and relax today and know you are my God. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen