Why is it so hard to be still?
Even when I can make my body sit still, my mind is racing with thoughts of what needs to be done next, appointments I need to schedule, or a problem I need to solve. Being still involves a calmness of the mind as much as it does a motionless body.
We are told in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
I heard the hymn “Be Still, My Soul” again recently, and let myself really read the words – they are so rich in meaning! I’ve highlighted those that especially spoke to me in this season.
“Be Still, My Soul” by Catharina von Schlegel
Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
I’m planning to take the words of this hymn and think on them again today. Let’s try to find at least a few minutes in which we can be still before our God.