Be still + know

Cars rush by on the rainy street below, my cup of coffee and bowl of homemade applesauce are both steaming on the nightstand beside me, and my mind is racing – it is no where and in a thousand places all at once. There’s a sense of anxiety deep in my gut, a bittersweet feeling gripping my heart and I’m fragile, like my emotions are so close to the surface that any little thing might cause me to lose my cool or start crying. I’ve felt these things before. Why is it that times of transition are always so difficult? I know that I can so easily lose sight of truth and reality and love when I am overwhelmed with what is to come, so this morning I am trying to be still.   Be still.    Be.      Still.

With Be Still by The Fray on repeat (literally) I am trying to allow the truth that God is with me sink down deep into my bones, deep into my heart. Even though I have no idea what is next, even though I might end up back home with no job and little sense of direction, I can be still and know that He is God. He is love, power, and peace. He is here, He is with me, He knows me.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Be Still – The Fray 

Be still and know that I’m with you
Be still and know that I am here
Be still and know that I’m with you
Be still, be still, and know

When darkness comes for you
and covers you with fear and shame
Be still and know that I’m with you
and I will say your name

If terror falls upon your bed
and sleep no longer comes
Remember all the words I said
Be still, be still and know

When you go through the valley
and shadow comes down from a hill
If morning never comes to be
Be still, be still, be still

If you forget the way to go,
and lose where you came from

If no one is standing beside you
Be still and know I AM
Be still and know that I’m with you
Be still and know I AM

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