“Be Still and Know that I Am God”


Of all Bible verses, “Be still, and know that I am God” is one of my favorites (Psalm 46:10). A hyperactive individual all my life, just being still is a challenge. And controlling the mind? An act of Congress could not do it, so that’s a feat better left to God. Praise the Lord, I have tried numerous, varied, untold places to pray and meditate. Most days I start out good, but then the mind starts to wander: Oh, look a butterfly. The robin is splashing in the bird bath; better add more water. Water? I need to pressure wash the dock this week. Etcetera.

As I ponder these seemingly endless examples of my inability to focus, I cannot help but wonder how God endures this. Imagine the exasperation! With two children, it drove me nuts. But then, this is God, and even when our minds wander off into the world, we still worship in the beauty of a butterfly, the delight of a bird bathing, our gratitude for water that meets our many needs.

When I began this venture of writing devotionals, I did so reluctantly. Very reluctantly. Who am I? I have no background in theology, no vast knowledge obtained from Bible studies, no spirituality training. I even debate these facts with God. To appease the Lord, however, I wrote one devotional while thinking, “Okay, I’ll do this one for God, and God’ll leave me alone.” No such luck. Even though I continued to argue my points and repeatedly reminded God that I was not qualified, God replied: “I have given you a voice; I want you to use it.” Thus, it would appear I lost that debate. In a nutshell, what did I learn? Some days you just don’t get anywhere arguing with God.

He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
What o’er I do, where’er I be,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

(“He Leadeth Me,” Joseph H. Gilmore & William H. Bradbury)

So, here I am, and with your prayers, I will hopefully share some grain of hope and love that will help you in your journey. We are in this together, and we are all striving to “Be still, and know” the Lord (Psalm 46:10).

Sandra Jones Cropsey is a playwright, novelist, and children’s writer. Her novel Who’s There was a finalist for the 2008 “Georgia Book of the Year” and was produced as a play in 2010 by the Main Street Players. In 2009, she received a grant to produce her children’s story, Tinker’s Christmas, as a radio drama. Presently, she is working on scheduling a reading of her new play, “All My Trials, Lord.”

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