“Be still and acknowledge that I am God”
~ Psalm 46:10
Clouds are slowly moving across the heavens this morning, as a light rain continues. Everything is covered with a heaviness, as the air is still. Stillness is a gift. For some, the idea of "stillness," comes with anxiety, while others embrace the opportunity. It has taken me years of learning to be comfortable with myself first, before being able to enter into the stillness that I know embrace when I can.
Stillness for me is the place where I can dwell with God, but also, is the place where I can begin to speak to those who have experienced woundedness. I am reminded that stillness is actually a place where healing can begin to emerge.
As a parent, I can remember telling my children, to "hold still," after a fall so that I could assess the wound. I can remember being told to, "sit still and pay attention," as a child. "If you don't sit still..."
Without stillness we walk aimlessly. We wander paths. We seem to spiral at times.
Stillness is the arrival of the words, "I am here," and welcomed by the response, "So am I." It is in stillness that God becomes our gentle guide through whatever it is that we may be facing.
"In the Secret" is a song that I have turned to many times when I have looked for a way to express the stillness that I need. The song begins with these words, "In the secret, in the quiet place. In the stillness You are there. In the secret, in the quiet hour I wait, only for You. Cause, I want to know You more."
Stillness is the invitation to simply know God more....
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.