Devotional – Monday, April 27, 2020

Be Still …

Early one morning recently, I awoke remembering parts of a dream… Although I couldn’t remember all the details, I did recall the message, very clearly! In the dream there were many people – a crowd – looking upward. And there, blazoned across a beautiful blue sky were huge black letters (all capital letters) spelling out the words from a verse in the Bible. I could still (and still can) see the words, and almost hear them speaking this message to me: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

I wondered where in the Bible those words were printed – what book, chapter and verse… I kept saying the words over and over in my head as I went about my usual morning, preparing breakfast for my husband and me. I noticed that the mail truck was parked in front of our house, delivering the mail early that day, so I stepped outside to bring in what was delivered to our home. On top of envelopes, junk mail, etc., was our church newsletter. After placing the mail on a table, I picked up the “Christian Caller.” (Somehow, it seemed to be beckoning me to open it). And there it was again!! On one of the pages of the newsletter, introducing an article, in bold black letters were the words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” There are no words to explain the emotions I was feeling. Tears filled my eyes, as I realized beyond a shadow of doubt that this was a profound spiritual moment. It wasn’t just a “message in a dream,” (which I’d experienced many times before), … The Lord, our God, was speaking to me. I had to sit down, because I was trembling. I began saying the words in my head, over and over again, thinking of all the different ways that the message applied to me, to everyone… to our whole world.

Shortly after those emotional moments, the phone rang. It was a call from a friend who lives in Covington, LA. She said that she was thinking about us, and just calling to see how we were doing. Then she commenced to tell me that she had been focusing on some words from the Bible… words that she just couldn’t stop thinking about. You guessed it!! My friend said, “It’s from the book of Psalms, 46:10 ‘Be still, and know that I am God,’”

After hearing those words so clearly three times, I was humbled and inspired to try my best to interpret their meaning. I am praying with all my heart, asking God to guide my thoughts and to teach me the lesson in those words. At this time, we are all forced to “be still” (as we are home-bound due to the coronavirus and away from the usual things that clutter our minds and our days). I believe that God wants us to use this time to think seriously about the things that dominate our time, energy and thoughts. In a way, we “worship” the things that are a priority in our lives… financial security, acquiring “things,” winning awards and recognition, being socially correct, patting ourselves on the back for successes, focusing on how we look, impressing others, and so many more. I think that God wants us to rise above “the clutter” and to truly worship and honor Him, making that the focus of our days. He is with us, and reminds us of His presence in every flower, tree, butterfly, sunset, a baby’s smile, a child’s laughter, a friend’s kindness… He is everywhere. Let’s lift up our eyes and feel his Grace. Let’s heed His words, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Offered by Gladys Runnels

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