July 29, 2011

Be still...

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

Be still…
Don’t panic.
Don’t fear.
Don’t fret.
Don’t worry.
Don’t try to find your own solution.
Don’t manipulate the situation.
Don’t take matters into your own hands.
Don’t believe that God helps those who help themselves.
Don’t give in to the temptation of making the problem go away yourself.
And know…
And trust.
And have faith.
And never forget.
And realize.
And be certain.
And be assured.
And grasp.
And understand.
That I am God…
I am your creator.
I am the owner of the cattle of a thousand hills.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I am the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
I am the maker of the universe.
I am the keeper of your heart.
I am your redeemer.
Be still and know that I am God.
And pray.
And trust.
And wait.
And listen.
And obey.
And follow.
And seek.
And beseech.
Be still.
Linking with Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Fridays. You have five minutes to write. No more, no less. This week's prompt: Still...


Mary Jo said...

Beautiful, beautiful free-form wonderful string of words and thoughts. YOU are beautiful! Much love.

Abby said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my post today, Gaby! I love where you took this, what a thoughtful breakdown of a beloved verse. I look forward to reading more from you!

Debbie said...

Beautifully expressed. I could never create something like that in five minutes, I don't think. Maybe some week, I'll try.

Gaby said...

Thank you, Mary Jo, Abby and Debbie (still working on Discuss so I can answer individually!). Debbie, you should totally try the Five-Minute Friday challenges! You are an awesome writer and I am looking forward to seeing what you do!

Michelle DeRusha said...

This soothes me, Gaby.

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

I love this! I waited to read this because I thought I might participate in 5 Minute Friday and I didn't want to be tempted to "copy." But I never did do it. SO...here I am finally reading.

What a great reminder to meditate on all God is to help us to be still and to not do but rather to trust, etc. This is substance, by the way!

Deborah said...

Hi Gaby. I've been thinking about this, and I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind explaining to a non-Christian what you mean by "don't try to find the solution...don't take matters into your own hands." You can't really just do nothing, can you? For instance, you spoke before about your job being something that God had planned for you back when you were an undergrad, studying Spanish and working as a TA. But if you hadn't looked online for jobs (or networked or whatever you did), you wouldn't have found it, would you? So don't you have to do something, having faith that it'll work if God wants it to?

Sorry if this is too much to ask you to explain!

Gaby said...

Hi, Deborah. I think I'm going to e-mail you on this one, if that's ok. I think it would be easier to answer you on e-mail than in this limited space. That being said, if anyone reads Deborah's question and has some good insights, feel free to share them. It is a great question!

Nancy said...

Maybe you should write a whole blog post about what you tell Deborah! Being still, letting go, relinquishing--these are all easy ideas to understand but very, very hard to put into practice! Love what you did in your five minutes.

E said...

Be still.....I use this phrase often with my kiddos when they are fussing or worrying. I reminds me of the Lord's whispers to me in my times of fussiness or worry.