Know That I Am God While You’re Being Still

by Yvonne Chase on March 30, 2020

We’re used to being busy. Society says if you’re busy you’re productive. If you’re not busy, then you’re not productive. You’re not doing enough. The busier we are, the more productive we’re said to be, however, how many of us know that’s not true?

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Instead of busyness, we are faced with stillness. You ever do a speed run on the treadmill and then you stop instantly once you pull the red cord or the emergency stop button? That’s our lives! We were going and going and going, doing and doing and suddenly life stopped…just like that in an instant.

So what do we do now? Psalm 46:10 has been heavy on my mind this week. It says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” What does it mean to be still? According to Google, below are a few words to define still:

  • Not moving or making a sound
  • Motionless
  • Quietness
  • Silence
  • Calm
  • Settle

Worship music has been a constant for me during this time of social distancing and quarantining. The other day, I ran across the great Fred Hammond’s soul-stirring rendition of God Is My Refuge. Press play below to take a listen…

When I connect the two sentiments of being still and God is my refuge and strength, I can be still because I know God is my refuge and my strength. I trust him implicitly. I know he’s got me! Here’s the thing; even in our stillness, God is working, he’s moving. So what does it mean to be still? The website Gotquestions.org explains it like this:

Be still. This is a call for those involved in the war to stop fighting, to be still. The word still is a translation of the Hebrew word Rapa, meaning “to slacken, let down, or cease.” In some instances, the word carries the idea of “to drop, be weak, or faint.” It connotes two people fighting until someone separates them and makes them drop their weapons. It is only after the fighting has stopped that the warriors can acknowledge their trust in God. Christians often interpret the command to “be still” as “to be quiet in God’s presence.” While quietness is certainly helpful, the phrase means to stop frantic activity, to let down, and to be still. For God’s people being “still” would involve looking to the Lord for their help (cf. Exodus 14:13); for God’s enemies, being “still” would mean ceasing to fight a battle they cannot win.

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I don’t know what you’d say but I say all frantic activity has stopped for now especially in frantic NYC. Will it continue once this is over? I’m sure it will, however, I hope it continues differently. My prayer and my hope are that we come out of this with a stronger sense of purpose.

Now would be a great time to take stock of our lives and push the reset button although it seems like it was automatically pushed for us. A few questions I ponder often are:

  • What has my life been about up until this full stop?
  • Why did I wake up every day?
  • What matters in my life?
  • Who matters in my life?
  • How am I using my time?
  • How do I want to use my time moving forward?
  • What does God want me to do with the rest of my life?

Lots of thinking, shifting and reprioritizing are on my mind. Something about this makes me feel invincible I mean when I look over my life then add this to the mix, if I make it through this unscathed, I feel like there is nothing I can’t make it through especially with the Lord on my side!

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A fearlessness has risen in me and I feel ready for whatever lies ahead once this pandemic is over, yet I’ve surrendered completely to it. Would I like it to be over today? Sure, however, if it’s not, I’ll be fine until whenever it is.

In closing, I leave you with this thought; God created you and me with a purpose. If we don’t know what it is, I hope we use this time of stillness; this time of no frantic activity to seek God’s purpose for our lives so that when this is over, we can get on with the business of living it every single day. Then and only then will our lives have meaning beyond measure.

Something to think about…

What say you? What questions are you pondering during this pandemic? How does being still look to you? Is being still difficult for you?

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Laurie March 31, 2020

You are so right, Yvonne. We can use this terrible crisis as the wake-up call to become still so we can hear God speaking to us. We tend to get lost in the busyness of everyday life, crowding God to the edges sometimes in our rush to accomplish. Now we have no choice but to slow down. As you say, a great time to push the reset button!
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Laurie,

We need to hear God’s voice now more than ever Laurie. This is definitely a wake-up call.
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Jerralea March 31, 2020

Yvonne, this is so good. The words “stop frantic activity” jumped out at me. I do want to be productive but not frantic. This time we are in is actually a gift. May we stop, be still, drink in His presence and ponder what it is that He wants us to do … and then do it!
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Jerralea,

It is a gift indeed. And yes, it is also a time to ponder what it is he wants us to do and then do it. Amen!
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Patsy Burnette March 31, 2020

Psalm 46:10 is the central theme I built my book, The Heart That Heals, around. 🙂 LOVE THAT VERSE!!! Such a simple, little verse with so much meaning!

Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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Michele Morin April 1, 2020

Scripture is clear that times of disaster are intended, in mercy, for believers to examine our hearts and to repent. I don’t want to waste the lessons of Covid-19, and whatever God wants to accomplish in me, I want to be on board for it. These are anxious days. Thank you for taking us into your own healthy processing.
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Michele,

I don’t want to waste the lessons either. Let’s be good students of this time so that God can accomplish what he wants to accomplish in us and through us in the midst of all the anxious days.
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Lisa notes April 1, 2020

“Even in our stillness, God is working.” Even when we can’t see him, he is there. Thanks for sharing your hope, Yvonne. Praying for your well-being in NY.

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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Lisa,

The song Waymaker just came to mind; even when I can’t see that he’s working, even when I don’t feel that he’s working, he never stops, he never stops working. So grateful that he keeps on moving and working on our behalf while we’re being still.
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Elise Ho April 1, 2020

I do not find it difficult to remain still. Being that my work is very portable ad can be done anywhere that I have internet and/or a smartphone, I am also fully working.
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Tiffany Montgomery April 3, 2020

I love the shift from fear to stillness. We can absolutely know God more through this time! It was great finding you at the grace and truth link up.
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Tiffany,

That’s my hope; to draw closer to him during this time. He’s my rock!
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Linda Stoll April 3, 2020

Oh Yvonne, you’ve given me so much food for thought right now. If we ever needed to be still and know that He is God, this would be the season.

I’m so grateful to have connected with you today. I’m off to listen to Fred sing.

Bless you …
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Linda,

Fred has been on repeat every day. I listened to God Is My Refuge repeatedly once I found it. His voice, the melodies, the musicality of it all bless every fiber of my being. I hope his rendition is music to your ears and brings peace to your soul.
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Jacqueline Franks April 4, 2020

Hi, Yvonne! This struck me full force! What a beautiful, encouraging post! I write Deep Roots at Home, and would like to ask permission to repost as a guest post to encourage other women, wives, and moms. You have captured the essence of abiding!

I would link back to this (your) original post top and bottom for full attribution. Also, I would add your profile pic and a shirt bio which I could get from here. I would change the title and the url so it won’t affect your SEO.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Let me know what you think!
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Mary April 7, 2020

Actually I have a sense of excitement in my Spirit as I sense God is doing miraculous makeovers in relationships within families during this time.
Whole families are seen walking or biking together.
Parents are having to get involved with their children’s learning.
Anonymous people in apartment buildings are becoming friends.
The young are caring for the elderly by shopping for them..
I loved this post and will share it.
God is good!

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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Mary.

Yes, I’ve heard a lot about the unity many families are experiencing during this time. I believe that’s why this sort of thing happens; to draw us closer to the cross and closer to each other.

Unfortunately, for some families, it will take something a lot worst than COVID19 to get on the good foot and do right/live right.
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Kathleen - Blogger's Lifestyle April 8, 2020

Your post has expressed what many are trying to process with these sudden changes in lifestyle. We will feature it in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop to help others as they sort through their thoughts. May the Lord help each one of us.
Kathleen

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Donna Reidland April 8, 2020

Yvonne, these are such important things to understand. We humans are not very good at stopping and evaluating. We just stay busy, busy, busy and never have to think much about meaning, priorities and purposes. But God in His mercy has a way of entering our busyness and pulling that stop cord when it’s necessary. Thanks for sharing such valuable insights!
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Yvonne Chase April 9, 2020

@Donna,

We certainly are not good at stopping and evaluating. And yes, God knows how to get us to stop doesn’t he? I hope we all use this time to lean into him and hear from him. Blessings to you…
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Karen Friday April 9, 2020

Powerful message, Yvonne. I agree, this time is like we took a crash course we never signed up for on how to manage life in its current state. But I want to listen and be aware of what the Lord wants to teach me also. How to do life best with Him during hard or good circumstances. Like you, worship music is by close friend right now.
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