‘Be still and know that I am God’

| November 2008

All day long, I had been busy – picking up, cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing floors – because my grown children were coming home for the weekend. I went shopping and bought groceries for a barbecue, complete with ribs and chicken. I wanted everything to be perfect.

Suddenly, it dawned on me that I was dog-tired. I just couldn’t work as long as I could when I was younger.

“I’ve got to rest for a minute,” I told my husband, Roy, as I collapsed into my favorite rocking chair.

Music was playing, and the dog and cat were chasing each other, when the telephone rang.

A scripture from Psalms popped into my mind. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10 NIV). Suddenly, I realized that I hadn’t spent much time in prayer that day. Was I too busy to even utter a few simple words of thanks to God? All of a sudden the thought of my beautiful patio came to mind. I can be quiet out there, I thought, longing for a few minutes alone with my Savior.

Roy and I had invested a great deal of time and work into the patio that spring. The flowers and hanging baskets were breathtaking. It was definitely a heavenly place of rest and tranquility. If I can’t be still with God in that environment, I can’t be still with Him anywhere, I thought. So, while Roy was talking on the telephone, I slipped out the back door and sat down in my favorite patio chair. I closed my eyes and began to pray, while counting my many blessings.

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