“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth!
As the temple assistants in the Old Testament received this command from God, it was meant to comfort His people. It came in Psalm 46 after the assurance that He had promised to be their refuge and strength, “a very present help in trouble.” This promise enabled them to declare they would not be afraid, “even though the earth be removed,” and “the nations raged, the kingdoms were moved,” and even when the earth melted as He spoke!
I don’t know about you, but I think it would take tremendous faith to remain still when such catastrophes struck. Yet sometimes that’s the only alternative people had — and still have today. As God’s people in our safe and comfortable environment, it seems hard to imagine such challenges. Yet Jews and Christians in other parts of the world face horrors daily that we can’t even imagine. Can they take comfort in this ancient promise? Could I if I found myself in their shoes?
And what does Psalm 46 have to do with our MKMMA assignment for this week? What’s so important about “being still” today? Perhaps our new Scroll VI from Mandino plays a part: “Today I will be master of my emotions.” As he points out, our moods often change from day to day as surely as the seasons come and go. Could starting each day in stillness enable us to decide to make “every day a happy day, and a productive one?” By taking time to understand what mood awaits us as we open our eyes, we can make use of the Laws of Dual Thought and Substitution, using some of Mandino’s suggestions as a starting point:
- If I feel depressed I will sing.
- If I feel sad I will laugh.
- If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
- If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
But this isn’t the last application of “Be Still” this week. Now we are challenged to expand our innocent little 15-minute “sit” that we have been practicing daily since this course started in October, to hours, even days of totally removing ourselves from all the distractions of our busy lives. To “unplug” from all forms of media and communication with others, not even books or music, (or my knitting) and just Be Still.
Perhaps I now have the advantage of being born in the middle of the last century! I still forget to look at my cell phone for messages, I haven’t had a TV for years, I’m just now learning how Facebook and Twitter work, and with all the negative, depressing news, I rarely even listen to the radio or read my favorite news sources any more. The hardest part will be leaving behind the latest historical novel or biography that I enjoy when not working with my business associates. But I look forward to what I will hear from God and His Universe, once I allow my mind to relax in His presence. Stay tuned!