“Be still, and know that I am God” reminds me to pause and acknowledge God’s presence and to listen to what God is saying to me. Be still. Listen to the birds in your back yard. Hear the sound of the waves as they roll onto the shore at the beach. Take in the sounds of the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the mountains. Be still. Listen.
In the words of a hymn written by Katharina von Schlegel in 1752, “Be still, my soul; your God will undertake to guide the future.” And the psalmist wrote in Psalms 37:7: “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.”