Stillness and Movement

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
– Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

This past week I had the joy of connecting with an old friend for lunch. I shared how I have been thinking a lot about the word and concept ‘Movement’. I reflected with him that it seems that many of us have trouble either with moving too much, moving too soon, or not moving at the right time. Not merely in a physical sense, but holistically.

He said something that I had heard before, but it landed differently with me.

He said, “It’s interesting, but we are referred to as human beings, not human doings…”

I don’t know about you, but for the majority of my life, I feared stillness, because I was afraid that I would get stuck. In the Psalm, I shared above (Psalm 46:10), it is one instance of many in the Bible that talk about the importance of being still and knowing God.

This is not to say that God doesn’t meet us in our movement, but it does mean that we need to be rightly intuned with the Lord’s leading and movement before we allow ourselves to get out ahead of him (metaphorically speaking, of course). Following Jesus means staying in step with him, and not trying to run ahead.

Perhaps we could all benefit from being still to reflect on who God is, so that as we move, we can be increasingly confident that we are moving in accordance to his will.

Let’s be still so that when we move, we move with power!


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