Things I'm Learning About Being Still

In my devotion time today I read an interesting story.  This is quoted from the Centered curriculum that our church is currently studying:

Dan Rather, former CBS anchorman, once asked Mother Teresa what she said during her prayers.  She answered, “I listen.”  So Rather turned the question and asked, “Well then, what does God say?”  To that, Mother Teresa smiled with confidence and answered, “He listens.”  Rather didn’t know how to continue.  He was baffled.  “And if you don’t understand that,” Mother Teresa added, “I can’t explain it to you.”

Pat Wenger is one of the dear women in my life.  When I ask her why she is so smart about people, she responds (with what I imagine is that same twinkle in her eye that Mother Teresa had), "I observe AND I do a lot of listening.” Me being the eternal introvert, I actually giggled (to myself, of course).  The truth is, sometimes I just don’t have words to explain the profound moving of my heart and spirit.  So I just listen and trust God hears what I’m not saying in words, but what I am saying loudly within my soul. Psalm 46:10 says quite clearly: ”Be still… (long awkward silence for many of us)… Be still, and KNOW that I am God.” Most days, that is simply everything we need to do.  Just shut up (that’s my SPP version) and BE STILL.  In the being still, often we find we KNOW things that we might not have known -- like the profound truth that HE IS GOD!!!!  It’s that much… and that simple. So, I’m learning --

1.  Being still is easier for an introvert than an extravert.  So, for being an introvert, today I’m grateful.

2.  My friend, Pat Wenger, is one smart lady.

3.  I have to purpose “being still” -- turn off my phone, turn off the TV, not driving somewhere, not thinking about what errands I need to do.  I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to literally be still.

Challenge –

1.  Try “being still” for two minutes today.  Sitting still in your chair while texting does not count.

2.  Then write down the first thing that comes to your spirit when your “stillness” is done.

Today, the first thing that I heard in my spirit was, “we need to do this more often.”  I kinda said, “Um, excuse me God?  Is that you?”  To which I heard – “If you’d be still long enough, you’d recognize me!” Ouch… and Amen! - Sandi Be Still


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