Be Still and Know

“It takes time for the water to settle. Coming to interior stillness requires waiting. Any attempt to hasten the process only stirs up the waters anew.”~~Brennan Manning

Good morning. It is Friday, February 7, 2014.

Today is Send A Card To A Friend Day. I don’t have any statistics to back this up, but I’m guessing that this is a dying practice. I think it would be fun to do, though, and it might boost the mood of a friend, to get an unexpected card in the mail, that just says, “Hi, I was thinking about you!” Not to mention the benefit for our poor Post Offices. . .


So, yesterday morning, I got up at my normal-ish time (my alarm is set for 6:00, but I haven’t slept that late yet). When I went to let Tessie (dog) out, there was nothing. Totally clear. Went through my usual blogging/devotional process, and as I was getting ready for my shower, Christi (who had just gotten up), yelled, “The ground is covered with snow!” Excuse me, what?? Sure enough, she was right, and it was still snowing. In fact, it kept right on snowing until around noon yesterday. By the time I knew it was snowing, it was too late to get an early start to work. The roads were mostly okay, but the closer I got to work, the worse they got. It was odd, too. Any place where traffic flowed at near posted speeds, the roads were clear and the snow was just blowing around behind the cars. But at the traffic lights and other places where traffic didn’t flow, the snow was packed down into slippery ice. There was one point where the traffic on the road I was on was backed up so far and moving so slowly, that I turned around and went across to another road. In all, my normal 45 minute drive to work took me almost two hours! I know people from up north somewhere make fun of us when this happens, but they fail to understand that we don’t have the resources to deal with ice and snow down here. Why on earth would our cities shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment that would be used once, maybe twice, a year? That would be insane. So we just deal with it as best we can, which, from an outsider’s perspective, isn’t very well. Well, to all of them, I just give a hearty helping of raspberries. 😛 And just remember, all you Yankees. . . I don’t laugh at you when you think 95 degrees is “hot.” Okay. Maybe I do. 😀

The company that Christi is currently talking to about a job closed early yesterday (see above paragraph), so she is expecting to talk to them sometime today. In addition, she also has another phone interview on Monday (I think I mentioned that yesterday). She and Stephanie might come over and have lunch with me today, but that probably depends on what time she is supposed to interview with the hiring manager.


On this date in 1964, “Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport.” Off of that plane, for the first time in the U.S., stepped John, Paul, George, and Ringo. They “were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.” (Source: History.com)

Later this weekend, there will be a tribute to The Beatles, on the night of the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Say what you will about the mop-headed boys. They changed the face of popular music forever.


TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From The Divine Hours)

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
Psalm 99:1
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Psalm 106:47
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Psalm 33:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8


“Any portion of life spent outside of God’s will is wasted time.” (In Touch magazine)


Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Interior Stillness.”

Brennan tells the story of a very busy man coming to a desert father and complaining about frustration in his spiritual life; his prayers were ineffective, his virtues flawed, not to mention failed relationships. The desert father listened patiently, and then retreated to his cave, whence he came back with a pitcher of water and a basin. He told the other man to watch the water as he poured it into the basin. When he began pouring, the water splashed on the bottom and sides of the basin. Stirred and agitated, the water swirled around inside the basin. But it gradually settled, and soon the “small fast ripples evolved into larger swells that oscillated back and forth.” Eventually, the water became so still that the man could see his own face in the surface. “‘That is the way it is when you live constantly in the midst of others,’ said the hermit. ‘You do not see yourself as you really are because of all the confusion and disturbance. You fail to recognize the divine presence in your life, and the consciousness of your belovedness slowly fades.'”

“It takes time for the water to settle. Coming to interior stillness requires waiting. Any attempt to hasten the process only stirs up the waters anew.”

“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


Father, this story has shown me something that I needed. The visual metaphor of using the water basin to describe our lives is truly helpful. How many times is my water disturbed! How often do I disturb it even further with my restless attempts to still it, not being aware that my feeble efforts are, in fact, having the opposite effect! Teach me to be still. Teach me to be still and know. Teach me to be still and know that you are God. You will be exalted. Your will will be accomplished, with or without me. May I truly learn to be still and only move or act when your Spirit prompts me to.

I pray for this day. I pray that Christi will hear from the hiring manager at that job today. I pray that, for the rest of the day, she will rest and do whatever she wants to do. Again, I thank you for the painting that is keeping her spirits up. I pray that my drive to work will be easier than yesterday’s. Keep me aware of your presence during this day, and give me moments of stillness throughout the day. If a period of time comes up where I have no work to do, may I spend it meditating on you and your word, rather than getting bored and frustrated. I pray that Stephanie’s spirit will be settled today and not anxious about anything. Give her understanding and help her accept when things cannot go her way.

Your grace is sufficient.


This isn’t a Christian song, and I really wanted to post the Three Dog Night cover, but I couldn’t find it on You Tube, so here is the original recording by Blue Rose. It still gets the point across.

Be still and know. . .

Grace and peace, friends.

2 thoughts on “Be Still and Know

  1. I just discovered your blog today, and I have enjoyed reading this article very much. It is both encouraging and challenging at the same time — and something we need to be reminded of regularly. Thanks.
    God bless you as you share Him and His kingdom on this site.
    Sandra

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