“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10a
I remember as a kid being absolutely terrified of thunderstorms–like most kids! But, my father had me repeat this small portion of the Psalms over and over again. It did help. At least, I always managed to drift off to sleep! But, what amazes me is how the stuff we learn as children plays out as we get older. I find myself during not only literal storms, but personal and community storms to keep this verse repeating in my head. “Be still, and know that I am God!”
So, with the events of this past week in Boston, in west Texas, through the mail, this verse has been going through my mind and echoing in my soul. I know by now that many of you have heard the advice of Fred Rogers (also given to him when he was a child) to pay attention to the helpers in the midst of terrifying news. This advice pairs so will with this tiny verse from the Psalms. For, it is when we are still that we can start seeing the helpers that God is sending into our midst. It is through these helpers that we realize that God is still God and even though the world at times can be terrifying, nothing can separate us from God! This is something we can see when we are still. So if you feel the anxiety overcoming you, STOP. Be still. Take a deep breath. And, remember that God is still God, and we are his beloved children!
Prayer: Gracious and loving God, there are so many times when we feel anxious and afraid. Draw us during those moments to stop and be still and remember we are always in your care. Amen!