Peace Be Still

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


“The more I get alone, the more I see I need to get alone more,” begin the lyrics of “Still,” a song written and recorded by Nathan and Christy Nockels. It is difficult for me to justify being still and alone in God’s presence. I’ve always considered staying busy a virtue, a value by which I have always lived. I am hard-wired to be doing something. This need to be active is why I never seem to complete anything at all! I live a life of busy-ness, with unfinished “business” keeping me stressed out. I know God wants me to slow down—He doesn’t have to draw me a picture! Why, then, why is it so hard to listen to His heeding and just be still?


Three Gospels record the Spirit driving the Lord into the wilderness to be alone after His baptism. Satan showed up, uninvited, but Jesus rebuked him. Later, Jesus got up “in the morning while it was still very dark…and went out to a deserted place to pray” (Mark 1:35), even though Simon and his companions went looking for Him (v.36). The Lord knew how important it was to get away from “the maddening crowd” and spend time with His Father, to be obedient to His calling.


When I am quiet—while I’m gardening or walking or meditating (which isn’t often enough, apparently), I can see so clearly the benefits of this practice. Silence has its own cadence, if we listen, a rhythm all its own. My heart beats, my blood pulses, and my spirit rises to meet the Lord. I notice beauty all around me, in the miniscule things I would miss if I were involved in some seemingly important life activity. God cannot sing over me when I am roaring in my own ears about some earthly concern. Even prayer can be silent; the Holy Spirit groans within me if I just admit I don’t know what to say (Romans 8:26). And perhaps this is the answer: to seek the quiet times with the Lord over all else, until even crazy times seem quiet.


Calming Lord, come to me in my quiet moments and make them grow into a lifestyle of peace. Amen

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