Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
Last summer I was in one of the most breathtaking and peaceful places on this earth, and had never felt more desperate, confused and hopeless. A week had passed already of my journey to the Promised Land and my eyes, heart and mind had already taken in so much information that I thought I could not learn one more thing before I would start to lose information that I had previously stored. I was loving the trip; I had walked where Jesus walked, sat where he sat, and swam where he… walked. I had been looking forward to the hike up to the lookout over the Sea of Galilee where they had concluded that Jesus had ventured off to on occasion to be in solitude and pray.
However, once I was on top of the mountain, blown about by the rushing wind that raced around my legs and through my hair, I felt my heart tangle as my brothers and sisters sang hymns to the Creator of it all. My eyes had been opened to the reality of the scriptures, but I was squinting to see how I would be able to bring everything I had learned home with me. The irony was astounding: Clearly I was in one of the most serene places on the planet, yet I was fretting over my life back home—oceans away. I was well aware of the schoolwork, relationships, responsibilities and obligations that awaited me. How could I go back to my routine with everything that I had learned? At the same time, I had no idea how to change my life completely. Overwhelmed by the vastness of God and the constriction of myself, I could not grasp how I could ever do even a fraction of what he would want me to do. I was destined to fail. I had no hope.
Suddenly I felt whispered in the forceful breeze: Be still and know that I am God.
As I walked slowly down from my mountaintop experience, I was free to obey that command. I am to cease striving (another translation of “be still”) and know that he is God. As I rest in the knowledge of his deity, I gain freedom to “run with endurance the race that he has set before me,” (Hebrews 12:1) because in him I cannot fail. I thank God that “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)