Be Still and Know that I am Lord
The ability to be still is to have found the secret of success in the struggle against the strains and stresses of this noisy, raucous and demanding world in which we live. This is the capacity made incarnate in our Lord. when faced, as He often was, with criticism, hostility, opposition and, in the end, crucifixion. He never lost His serenity or consideration for mankind.
(Luke 23:34, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”)
When faced with seemingly impossible challenges, we too must find a way of dealing with the uncertainties and anxieties that ‘close in’ on us as we go about our daily routines. It is important that we find a place (metaphorically and literally) to contemplate the situation and find resolution through our relationship with God. The power of prayer is often unappreciated and is mightily beyond our comprehension. The church, as a refuge, goes far outwith a building and a prayer said inwardly as we walk along road or go about our daily business is not diluted in its impact wherever/whenever we feel the need of something to lean on.
The constant in our lives is the presence of God. Remembering this equips us with peace, serenity and compassion. Aware of our weaknesses and to find that divine strength is flowing through our entire being is to become less isolated with the pressure of everything that faces us at every moment of every day.
Let this be the source of stillness in our lives.
(Paslm 46:1, God is our refuge and our strength, in straits a present aid.)