Tuesday, March 24
Rev. Laura Dorsey
"Be still, and know that I am God!" - Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)
I bonded with this phrase from Psalm 46:10 long ago! Did I discover it on my own or was it part of a lesson? I have no idea, but I took hold of it for a lifetime.
There are other biblical references along this line. In the Book of Numbers, Moses asks others "to stand still so that he may hear". In Samuel 1, it says "stand still awhile that I may show you the word of God", and "stand still that I may reason with you before the Lord". A verse in Job says "stand still and consider the wonderful works of God". Another beloved Psalm offers " commune with your own heart". Each of these strengthens my attachment to "Be still and know that I am God."
The passage provides what I need to live within my faith. Through the years as a youngster, a parent, a professional, around questions, across barriers, and in spite of derailments, I am given permission to be quiet and listen. Sometimes I claim that quiet where I am. At other times, I discover this in a garden or sanctuary. Invariably I am found, nurtured, and blessed.
Belonging, being in relationship with God requires no pushing or shoving. But the journey toward Jerusalem with Jesus is noisy and confusing. All the more reason I am drawn to this stillness that I may hear His instruction, be with Him along the triumphal entry, sense rejection, and understand His parables and prophecies. In this way, I discover anew what I have known and experienced.
Eternal God, we give thanks this day for your love and guidance. Be with us and enfold us in your peace as we journey alongside one another. In Christ name we pray. Amen