Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Be Still

I received the passage below in an e-mail forwarded to me from a friend. It just had to share it because it articulates so elegantly what I have tried to say countless times...

Learning To Be Still
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 Former CBS anchor, Dan Rather, found himself unprepared for a television interview with Mother Teresa. Ron Mehl described the encounter this way: "All of Dan's standard approaches were inadequate. And the little nun from Calcutta didn't seem inclined to make his task easier. "When you pray," asked Dan, "what do you say to God?" "I don't say anything," she replied. "I listen." Dan tried another tack. "Well, okay...when God speaks to you, then, what does He say?" "He doesn't say anything. He listens." Dan looked bewildered. For an instant, he didn't know what to say. "And if you don't understand that," Mother Teresa added, "I can't explain it to you." It's in the place of silence that the Holy Spirit boils the truth we receive from Scripture down to its essence, reveals specific insights that are pertinent, and then applies them to our most perplexing problems and our most stubborn misconceptions. As He transforms our heart to beat in sync with His, our decisions begin to accomplish His will and we begin to reflect His character. Go ahead, try it. Open the Word of God in a peaceful place and sit in quietness before Him. In time, the Holy Spirit will illuminate a passage and it will come to life in your mind. Before you know it the knotty situation that drove you to distraction will unravel. As you learn to "be still" in God's presence, your greatest problems will suddenly become more manageable. He will reveal Himself to you. He will calm your emotions and relieve your mind. You'll discover new direction, freedom from worry, and a fresh sense of peace.

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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I love to sit with God's Word. Simply sit with him and absorb the mysteries via this pea-sized brain.

It is one of the greatest realities of life with Christ...being able to know him, regardless of my frailties.

Nice to meet you Kari. God bless you in all your many doings this week and in the season to come.


Wendi said...

A very hard thing to do in this noisy, busy, technical society - and oh so neede! To just sit and be still before our God! To bask in His love and learn form His Spirit. I am looking forward to doing more of this!