still“Be Still and Know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

For over a year, one single word has felled me: [1]  Still.

As in:  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Over the past year, through a simple brochure (see banner above), God has brought my (Linda) soul to still time often, regularly, and now all day long.

Still isn’t easy.  Blaise Pascal stated: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”[2]  Evidently, long before our time, people could not be still.  Which means we cannot deeply know God.  A study in Science magazine, revealed people could not spend six to fifteen minutes in a room with nothing to do but think.[3]

From a recent survey in the above Science article, 95% of adults had found time for leisure in a 24-hour time period, but 83% noted zero time just to think.  The study found that adults could not sit in an “unadorned room,” finding it difficult to concentrate, unpleasant, or neutral at best.  Those without smartphones responded similarly.  According to Grandfield’s report in the Guardian, “when 42 people got to choose between sitting doing nothing and giving themselves electric shocks, two-thirds of men and a quarter of women chose the latter.”[4]

As so many of us are now at home, some in quarantine, being still is not easy.  We’d rather be in the “know” on our phone rather than “in the know” of our God.

Today, Malaysia mandated a countrywide policy of “movement control.”[5]  What will it take for us to be still?  The truth is:  Will I use the stillness to know God?

Recently, an intercessor friend corrected the early concept of the coronavirus as a hoax by passing along these words of warning from Jeremiah 4:11-12:

In that time….a scorching wind from the bare heights in the direction of My people—not to winnow and not to cleanse, a wind too strong for this—will come at My command; now I will also pronounce judgements against them…. Woe to us, for we are ruined.

She felt a wind coming.  The wind contained his judgements on us.  In her prayers, she joins in repenting for our nations, and for us as people.

When the wind blew this week, I noticed.  And stood Still.

The current coronavirus is slowing us down, but are we still?  During these days of curtailed socializing, cancelled hairdresser appointments and kyboshed work plans, are we still – still?

Will I use these moments to deeply consider this “wind?”  Will I check my phone or my Bible?  Will I give as much time to prayer as worry?

Consider the wind in this section of God’s Word:

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other      side.”  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as He was…

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat so that the boat was already filling.   But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.  And they woke Him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 

And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, Be Still.”

And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  Mark 4:35-41. 

Isn’t it time to be still and ask for help from the Wind Maker?  Isn’t it time to know that “from Him and to Him and through Him are all things.”  (Romans 11:36)

It’s time to be still.  Let me leave behind the cancelled calendar and open the Bible.  It’s filled with little words that fell him (Satan).  And calm me.

Still.

Here’s a great worship song for all our hearts right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Fw8DgvTQA

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[1]A reference to a line from Martin Luther’s song, A Mighty Fortress in our God.  Luther’s meaning of this one little words is unclear, see Bryce Young, “What one Little Word shall Fell Satan?”, August 20, 2017, Accessed March 18, 2020, https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-one-little-word-will-fell-satan

[2]Oliver Grandfield,  Just sit down and Think, The Guardian, Accessed March 17, 2020,   https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/19/change-your-life-sit-down-and-think.

[3]Ibid.

[4]Ibid.

[5]Trinna Leong, “Coronavirus:  Desolate Streets as Malaysia Movement control order Kicks In, March 18, 2020, Accessed March 18, 2020, https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/some-malaysians-chat-in-coffee-shops-go-jogging-on-first-day-of-movement-curbs

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