Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…”
I’m not going anywhere today. I can’t. The new fallen snow, though beautiful, boxes me in at the very back of a heavily wooded neighborhood. Ugh!
However, having unhurried time, no places to be in particular, and no deadlines that won’t be moved due to inclement weather… Well, there’s a real silver lining in this predicament. Stillness. Patient waiting. Radical. Though costly in a consumer world, though foreign in a distracted world, though unplugged in a techno-world. It is quiet in God’s world today. Snow is a beautiful reminder of the wonder of stillness. Stillness before the Lord.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Noah was a true hero. In stillness, he was able to hear from the Lord. In patience, he was able to build and build and build for over 100 years and endure whatever ridicule went along with it. He heroically, but soberly served the Lord. And it was costly.
Arthur Ashe once said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Sometimes serving the Lord involves being still. Sometime serving others involves being still. Sometimes it involves waiting patiently.
Today is a good day to be still. A good day to wait patiently on the Lord. A good day to be grateful for real heroes. My hero husband has already knocked the snow off my car – because he knows how my mind works (I don’t usually want to be still)… I am very grateful that he knows me so well.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” So, I’m at a standstill today, but glad for it. Grateful today for my Holy Hero – Jesus Christ. Thanking Him for the beautiful snow that commands stillness and reminds me of Him.
I’m not going anywhere today. I can’t. I’m going to be still and wait.
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We sang “Be Still and Know that I am God” as our call to worship today. It was so wonderful to read your reflections on this. Thank you for sharing, Gwen!
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