Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (King James Version)
We are living in the final days, hours, moments and seconds of 2011. I watch as people scurry here and there. They drive fast to catch this sale and that deal in preparation for the arrival of one day – Christmas. Everyone and everything seems to be in such a hurry. In the midst of all this, I hear the call to just be still.
As a young member of the choir I was in when I was growing up, I didn’t understand then the meaning of a song we sang called Be Still and Know That I am God. It was a beautiful, melodic piece that called for us to stand in awe of the presence of God and meditate on Him. It was without a doubt, one of the best songs I have ever sung. I remember each word and the tune.
I can hear the words of the verse in my head as I type this and the meaning is so clear to me now:
Up into a mountain, I went apart to pray
Carefully I worded all I meant to say
But the green, still silence of fern and forest tree,
Taught my soul to listen and let God speak to me
My take on this – I went up on a hill to pray, and I had it all worked out what I was going to tell God, I knew exactly what I needed to tell Him so He would know what was on my heart. But as I beheld the beauty of His creation and recognized His greatness and my smallness, I became silent and in the silence, He spoke to me. He graced me with His presence and told me what He wanted me to know. While I thought I had it all together, He changed me. In a moment, my life changed forever!
The last line was simply the theme of the song. The harmony was tight! We followed the hands of our beloved director, Sylvia, as she directed each note as we sang:
Be still, and know, that I am – God!!
Beautiful!! When we sang that one, the audience was quiet, you could hear a pin drop as people basked in the presence of God and imagined being so still that they could hear Him speak.
I didn’t know then that I would grow into a woman who would need to hear from Him just as sure as I need to breathe. I didn’t realize then that to be in His presence is all a child of His would want to do!
I wonder, as I see people hurrying around, have they taken the time to be still enough to hear from the God we will all celebrate on December 25th? Have we really stopped and taken to the time to remember that this holiday is not about the presents and food, but the birth of the Savior of the world! That, yes, we should celebrate His birth, only because it did not stop there! This story of our salvation only begins at Christmas!
In this season, I plan to be still enough to read for myself, again, the written accounts of how Christ was born. I want to read how He lived, died, and rose again – just for me! With all that in mind, I want to hear from Him the plans He has for my life in 2012. I am not planning to make any resolutions other than this – In 2012, I will do what God tells me to do!
This year has to be about bringing my relationship with God to a new level. To be in His will is all I want for my life for the new year. I know that if I am doing His will, the rest of my life that is uncertain, will certainly fall into place.
As I stand still and listen, I will hear what He has to say concerning me. (Numbers 9:8)
Be blessed in all your endeavors! Enjoy this holiday season and know that the best is yet to come!
I am being still before Him and hope you are too!
Until Next Time,
I Remain Your Advocate for Victorious Living