"Be still and know that I am God" (psalm 46)

Hank Mattimore
April 26, 2017
Reproduced with Permission

It's just a phrase, a single thought from an ancient psalm and yet it never fails to grab me. "Be still and know that I am God."

The psalmist is speaking to us, restless and fearful ones, searching for that elusive prize of peace while wars and violence cast a cloud over our lives.

These sacred words from a long ago, speak to that ernest young person climbing the corporate ladder. Stay a while and rest. Then say thank you for the gifts you have been given. Pause for a moment in your quest and be still. You are a child of the universe.

And you, too, widowed old lady in your senior apartment. Turn off the TV with its message of muggings at home and anxiety abroad. Cherish your memories. Be grateful for life. Be still and dwell in God, assured that however mysterious, you have a role to play..

Lonely teenager, longing for acceptance. The psalmist is talking to you also. Know there is time for every purpose under heaven. Bring your gifts of enthusiasm and energy. Set them at the feet of God, however you imagine him or her to be. For this precious moment in time, be still.

Young mom, run ragged by a job and kids with no time for yourself, know that you are beautiful and that the love you show your children is saving the world. In the scattered confusion of toys and dirty laundry, is the sacred ground you stand on. Know that you are blessed. Be still.

The psalmist talks also to you middle aged folks, caught in the headlights of coping with both teens and older parents. Tired. Frustrated. You are the human connectors, bestowing gifts of compassion on the old and support for the young. You are the salt of the earth. Love yourself and be still.

Our enemies lie not outside ourselves but within. We are walking miracles, created out of stardust and called to bring our universe to an awesome completion. We are meant to reverence life, not destroy it. Rest for a moment and let the spirit within you come alive. "Be still and know that I am God."

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