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Be Still and Know
June 23, 2016
I knew that sound. The tell tale click-click-click-click-click in rapid succession lets you know that
you have a dead battery. My shoulders sunk and I let out a sigh of frustration. I didn't need to deal
with one more problem at the end of a hectic day.
Fortunately I had another vehicle I could use. I drove to Benny's where I got a new battery. The
plan would have worked if I hadn't locked my keys in the second car when I set them down in the
back seat with the new battery. I shut the door without realizing it was locked.
Have you ever had one of those days? All I could do was laugh and then cry. I had rushed through
my day. I was running from one thing to the next. I felt like I was in the middle of a race and
jumping one hurdle after another. In the end all I did was work up a good sweat.
I remember hearing Christian songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman tell a similar story. He had been
on the go and was making the long flight to South Africa where he had a concert. He was tired and
worn out. At that precise moment God spoke to him and said, "Be still!"
It inspired him to write the song, "Be Still and Know." The lyrics go like this: "Be still and know
that He is God. Be still and know that He is holy." Be still, O restless soul of mine. Bow before the
Prince of Peace. Let the noise and clamor cease. Be still and know that He is God."
We are busy people. Sometimes it is only when our world comes to a grinding halt that we get the
chance to pause and be still before the Lord. Is that how God gets our attention? Does he throw a
monkey wrench into our plans so we have to stop and look up?
I don't know if is good theology or not but I can tell you this: When I am the most frustrated, the
closest to my wits end, and something happens to slow me down, it always moves me to look up and
speak to God. Why do wait until we get to that point?
Let me suggest that you and I make it a point to build in a "God moment" every day. Let's pause
and find the time to just to be with Him. We won't regret it. It may be the formula to unlock the
doors and recharge our batteries so we can enjoy the day He has given us.
God Bless. See you in church! Cal
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