For some reason, this blog and I don’t get along very well. I post twice per month and it’s always a challenge for me to get to through the dashboard. But somehow, I always find my way here after several tries, trying different combinations and praying a lot. Because writers are committed to always Showing Up!!! We don’t like missing deadlines or missing blog posts. Words are our business. This post was hindered by weird Internet freeze-ups and maybe a little bit of operator error. While I was trying not to go into a panic, I scrolled through some e-mails and saw this on one of my favorite shopping sites: Be still and know.
This particular verse–Be still and know that I am God–is very precious to me. A few years ago, I was having a crisis of sorts. Everything I’d ever known or believed was being challenged-family, faith and friendship, hope and love. You name it, I was doubting it. My husband took me to an outdoor art fair to get me out of the house. A sure sign that he had noticed my sinking spirits. I walked around in a morose disinterest until a silvery necklace dangling on a display caught my eye. It was two round discs. On one was the tree of life and on the other the words “Be still and know.”
I perked up. I bought the necklace. I knew I had to be still. Easter came a few weeks later and since we were in a new town, we attended a nearby church. The church bulletin had a tree of life on the front with the words “Be still and know that I am God” underneath. I had to learn to be still. Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that verse in random places. Magazines, books, the mall, the Internet. My mind, always in turmoil at that time, had to learn how to be still.
I wear this necklace a lot. The circles are shaped like shallow bowls so I use them as “worry rocks” a lot by rubbing my thumb in the hollowed orbs. I also love trees and since the tree of life has also become of symbol to me of God’s steadfast love, I take a lot of pictures of trees. Here are some of my favorites:
(Used this as suggestion for a book cover.)
(This picture was taken when I was on a mission trip to Grand Isle, LA after Hurricane Katrina.)
(I took this picture in St. Pete, Florida)
“Be still and know that I am God”
I’m learning that when the Internet acts whacky, when a deadline is looming, when life is crushing me on all sides, I need to take a breath and remember this verse. I look out the window and I search for the trees. They follow the whims of nature but they manage to stand tall. Sometimes they get knocked down but there is always room for hope that a new sprout will find its way to the sun again. I got knocked down but I found my way back to the SON. There is joy in stillness. There is hope in knowing He is there.
Merry Christmas and I wish you the best in 2016!