Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bread for the Journey

(photo credited to Lora Martens)
Be Still and Know and Know That I am God...Psalm 46:10

The New Year has just begun.  A few tracks have been made.
Sometimes we get to choose the kind of tracks we make and where they go.
These words, 'Be Still'  will be my 'go to' verse for this year.
I know that I am wired for anything than stillness.
When I face challenges and set backs, my first inclination is to fix it.
No one hears.  Can there be a God?
I didn't sign up for this.

What does this really mean?
The Hebrew language suggests that it means to abandon, to slacken, to let go.
I've realized for me it means, 'Quit Striving.'

I barely had chosen this verse when I was asked to
 sit at the edge of a bedside saying goodbye to a dear friend.
I clenched her hand....and my eyes filled with tears.
I whispered a few encouraging thoughts.
Its hard to grasp that God is infinite during those solemn moments.
She whispered, "It's time to let go...."
I knew what those words meant or did I?
How can one "Let Go?"

I walked slowly and quietly out of the room
turning my face, waving goodbye once more and
reflected over the words...."Be Still"
God is God and we are to rest that he is in control over our lives.
Teach me to be quiet before God and enjoy a calm confidence.
Hours later she passed away peacefully.

So as I move forward and the world continues to crumble,
let me not stand as a composed person in disaster,
but let me stand with confidence that I know who 'He' is.
Only God can provide calm for the future.
She knew who 'He' was and taught me what it meant to 'Let Go.'


  1. Marg, this is one of my favourite verses and it is my "go to" verse when I am struggling to understand all the hardships people face in life. I thought your post today was very beautifully written. God bless.

  2. Beautifully said. Another blogger friend reminds us that we are human BE-ings....not human doings.

  3. Thank you for telling this moving experience. Your friend was (and IS) remarkable. You are, too. I like the way you said that you don't want to be the composed person in a disaster, you want to be the confident person knowing Who He Is. Powerful words!

  4. Oh Marg - this verse is one of my favourites! It's also one of my favourite and most comforting songs. Being "still" and knowing that He is God is sometimes a challenge for me too. Your touching story about being comforted by a dying friend brings tears. God bless you!

  5. Marg, thinking of you this week. You meant much to each other. It is good that you were able to be there near the end, and yet, also hard for you. Such a trusting person, who knew who to trust and where she was going. She was an example for many. Dairymary

  6. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Although it can be difficult, letting them go is one of the most selfless things we can do.

    This is one of my all time favorite verses as well, though I too, struggle at times to "Be still..." It sounds easy enough.

  7. My all time favorite verse when I fell overwhelmed, sometimes several times during a single day. I am sorry that your friend had to go ahead. We haven't lost a loved one if we know where they are. Will be holding you up in prayer.