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Be Still...and Know

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

I have read and heard this verse innumerable amounts of times over my life. For some reason it hit me differently over the last month. I was home on my holiday break from work and was attempting to be intentional about resting and not being a busybody. I was listening to an audiobook, and the voice that came over the speaker said that as she was attempting to detangle her life, one of the verses that got her through was this one. She read the verse. "Be still and know that I am God". The words rang out to me as if I had never heard them before.

"Be still and know that I am God".

"Be still and know that I am God".

"Be still and know..."

"Be still... and know".

"Be still...then know".

The words repeated themselves as they transitioned from being a verse I heard to a command I must obey. It became a two-part instruction. First, be still. This is something I have traditionally not been very good at. I try to be good at it, I just haven't been very successful. But now I heard the first part of the instruction ring loudly - BE STILL! I took a deep breath and said, "Yes Father. I hear you".

The second part of the instruction became clear. "...and know". Know what? It started to make more sense. I have had a lot of questions about a lot of things over a span of time. I wanted to know things about my children, my career, my life, my future. It was becoming clear that what I needed to do was be still. Being still would allow me to hear Him more clearly. Being still would help me to not be as mentally and physically exhausted. Being still would give me room to spend time in my Word and prayer.

I have to make room. I can only make room if I assess what is on my plate and let go of things that are not aligned with my purpose. Just because I CAN do them doesn't mean I SHOULD do them. Just because I want to be INVITED, doesn't mean I have to ATTEND. Just because it is GOOD, doesn't mean it is GOD. So I decided to deconstruct my life. I am not destroying or demolishing my life, only deconstructing it. Pulling apart the pieces carefully, inspecting them, deciding what stays and what goes, with the ultimate goal of pulling it all back together better and more useful.

"Be still and know".

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