Can You Be Still?

My husband, Chris, and I led worship for the first nine years of our ministry together.  The Lord was so sweet to help us write a few songs back in the day.  One such song was straight from the Word of God:
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
So simple.  Yet, out of all the songs we wrote, this was our favorite.  In the original text for this verse, the word still is raphah in Hebrew.  Raphah means to sink down, to abate, to relax, to withdraw, to abandon, to refrain, to be quiet.  It means a whole lot more than just abstaining from movement, doesn’t it? I don’t know where you are in your journey.  Could be that you are looking for the next best thing or that you are looking back at what was. Friend?  Don’t miss the now.  Don’t miss the quiet, the refraining, the relaxing to hear what God wants to speak to you. Instructions for the next step will come.  

16 thoughts on “Can You Be Still?”

  1. God is moving my husband and I out of our ministry. A ministry at God gave us the honor to start six years. It is very hard at many different levels. I NEED to look forward not back so I don’t miss the now. I don’t want it miss the quiet, the refraining , the relaxing to hear what God wants to speak to me. So I don’t miss the honor that God has for me next.

  2. Good follow-up to disappointment. I experienced a disappointment this year, but decided to be still. It has been a good stillness – a good time of quiet and refraining. And, I’ve been okay. I’ve been better than okay. In my quiet time, I have met some pretty spectacular girls in a bible study. I’ve seen God’s provision. I’ve been content. Next year, I’m turning it up a notch with whatever He shows me or directs me to do.

  3. A few years ago my husband gave me a plaque that we saw at a shop and I had admired it…….it says ‘Be still and know that I am’….many times when I am at my wits end and can’t go another step without exploding, my eye is caught by that plaque on my living room wall,…usually, I feel an immediate calm come over me and then ,I’m able to go on.

  4. Ahh…that Scott Williams…he has the quotes, doesn’t he? 🙂

    Yeah…I’m getting better at this one–being still. I’m such a do-er. But, I’ve learned that waiting on God is good….He’s much better at His job than I am!!

    Hey, maybe it’s time to start writing songs again? 🙂

  5. I remember that song! I remember when you guys moved we had your songs on a cassette tape that had a picture of you and Chris and that guitar of his! We listened to that tape over and over, so sad that you guys had moved.

    Btw, Eric is here and we just “sang” that song with the “oohing” and all! 🙂

  6. God gave me that scripture so many times last year. I really wanted a different theme verse for ’07, but his word for me was stuck on rewind. I finally painted it on a table. And yes…I’m still trying to be still.

  7. Personally, I have been still for a year now and I mean really still…and I have to say that I am begining to get a little sick of being still…I am ready to move on from stillnes…at least for a season:)

  8. I practice the Stillness and then I find myself buying people the fixings for Thanksgiving Dinner.

    I rest in the Stillness and then I find myself ashamed of my excess and cleaning out my closets.

    I sit in the Stillness and I feel Him next to me, whispering in my ear…. “Now that wasn’t so bad was it.”

    Tears pour from my eyes in the Stillness and he promises that I truly do know He is HERE!

  9. Even though SOOOOO much of mine and Drew’s life right now is consumed with the “tomorrows,” I am somehow able to still appreciate the “now” moment… I’m able to see how “now” is effecting me, changing me, growing me.

    But, being still in the now? well… I’m still working on that one.

  10. Just catching up with you and was playing this song in my mind. I would have loved to hear y’all. Being still…yes. I have learned much about this in the past few months. God is definitely there…in the still and quiet place.

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