With the stress and pressure of activities, work and family, it's important to take a break and just be still. Denise Robinson shares how Jesus did it:
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
He says, "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 (CEB)
"That's enough! Now know that I am God!
I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!"
Psalm 46:10 (The Message)
"Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything."
Be still. What does that really mean? Here are two of the definitions of "still:" not moving or making a sound; and deep silence and calm. Synonyms for "still" are quietness, silence, unmoving, calm, soothe and motionless. Did the writer of the Psalm really mean that in order to know God we had to remain motionless?
One of the ways to "be still" is to step away from all of the craziness around you and relax. Let go of the worries of the moment. Catch your breath. I know what you're thinking.
"You don't know my life. I don't have TIME to step away or catch my breath."
You are not alone. That's what we all think.
Jesus modeled what it means to "be still." In the midst of Jesus's teaching, healing, training and loving, he took time apart. And not just a once a year vacation. He did this regularly.
"In the morning while it was still dark, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed." Mark 1:35
Luke tells us that "he would withdraw to deserted places and pray." Luke 5:16
Jesus also encouraged his disciples to do the same. After the disciples had returned from a mission trip, Jesus suggested that they needed to "come to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while." Mark 6:31a
Jesus knew that God was always with him even in the midst of his busy day. But he also knew that he couldn't give God the constant and devoted attention that fed his soul within his daily schedule. So he went away. He withdrew, He modeled "being still."
PRAYER: Lord, I want to learn how to withdraw and focus on you. Teach me today.
CHALLENGE: Seek a "deserted place where you can completely withdraw for 15 minutes or more. Use this time to pray, journal or just simply BE STILL.
REFLECT: Were you able to let go of the worries of the day? How long did it take you to actually be still?