A Delicate Stillness

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Love this hymn. At church this morning, the praise choir led an arrangement that ended in this hymn, and the church came alive singing a long with them. It was a great way to lead into the preacher’s message.

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Ps 46:10

I needed to hear this today. I am rarely still. Well – these days I am physically stiller than I have ever been. Even with going to the lake everyday with the dogs, I just don’t move as much as I did when I was teaching. So I sit more – especially when I am staring at the computer working on a jigsaw puzzle. But, spiritually and mentally, I am rarely still. My mind doesn’t ever hush. Even when I try to force it – it begins a rambling journey of topics of the day, worries, wishes, dreams – – – the list goes forever. Anything that keeps me from being still.

“Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!”

Thank goodness, God is merciful. He doesn’t give up when we don’t listen for His voice. He doesn’t give up when we run the other way. He doesn’t give up when we fail to seek Him as much as He seeks us. He waits patiently for us to “still” our mind. For it is in those “still, delicate moments” (1 Kg 19:12) when God speaks to us. When we throw all caution…all logic aside and trust Him to speak to us. In today’s world, that’s not a really easy thing to do. Society – careers – family – health – so many things distracting us from seeking the “stillness” where we can truly listen to the One who matters most.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” Jn 10:27

Today, I made a point to not read a book when I wanted to do so. I made choice not to throw the ball constantly for the dogs while I was outside, even though they asked constantly.  I tried to empty out my own selfish thoughts, envy, anger, worries and seek “heavenly” wisdom instead. (James 3:14-17). Stillness exists for a reason. I just have to remember that reason and seek it as often as He seeks to speak to me.

“Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!”

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