Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.
Screams shattered the quiet as the toddler fought against the night terror that gripped him. His sobs reached his mother’s ears and brought her quickly to his bedside. Picking him up, her hand rubbed his back as she cooed whispers of love and safety. Gradually he quieted and rested in his mother’s arms – safe and loved.
Just as the mother soothes the frightened cries of her child, God is calling us to ‘be still’. Those two words convey more than a lack of activity; they give us a picture of settled faith, and security, and quiet trust. His words of love echo through the scripture and provide us with comfort in the mad panic of this life. While the terrors of this life are real, they are not sufficient to tear us from His arms of care.
He is God, and we can rest in that.
Romans 8: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Photo – McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park, Beth Mims