Be still and know that I am God. NIV
In general, I’m a pretty busy person. I run on a tight schedule all day long, even on the weekends. Most things are planned out days or weeks in advance, and, when the time comes, all I have to do is execute … pop the food on the table, welcome the guests, facilitate the meeting agenda. Many times, when I’m in the midst of an activity, my mind is not there … it already has moved on to planning the next activity or next several activities.
It is safe to say that I don’t live in the present very often.
If I don’t have something to plan, or to do, I frequently find myself worrying … all of these things combine to keep my mind occupied, almost wholly, with the future, over which, of course, I have absolutely no control.
But, through this project and through other things that are going on in my life, I am learning the importance of getting immersed in God’s word, for at least some time each day. And the true importance of living in the present with my Holy Father.
Yesterday, a new concordance arrived. This one is indexed to the NIV, but still doesn’t have 365 references to the word “worry.” What it does have, though, is a pretty amazing index, which will allow me to cross reference verses with original Greek and Hebrew words. I am pretty confident that through this process, I will be able to find at least 365 reminders not to worry.
I found this verse, which I have known for years, to be so interesting when I looked at the original meanings behind its four main words:
- Be still: Limp. Have you ever worried yourself into a frenzy and then cried your heart out? Do you know that feeling after you’ve sobbed and sobbed? I feel limp when that happens.
- and know: Intimately know. Know with every fibre of your being.
- that I am God: Me.
Give up worrying … give up stressing out … worry it and stress over it until it has physically wrung you out … then, in that silence that comes after the crying fit — know that God is there. God who knows you intimately, who knit you together in your mother’s womb, who has numbered every hair on your head and counted every hour of your life, is there, being God – all powerful, all knowing, and there for you.