“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
That verse has always stuck with me, but it took me a little bit to fully understand what God was trying to tell me in one verse. At first, when I heard “be still” I literally thought of physically being still.
I am the type of person that has no problem being physically still whether that be in a classroom, during church Sunday morning, or just in general. People that are constantly moving and fidgeting usually drive me crazy. So naturally, I thought: oh perfect, I have this “be still” thing down.
Then, it finally hit me one day. “Be still” in my case did not mean to physically just be still.
When I started my journey as a freshman in college two years ago (dang where did the time go?), I also started my struggle with anxiety. It is not something I like to share with everyone, but that is the real, ugly truth. I was suddenly thrown into the world where everyone seemed to have their lives figured out, temptations surrounded me at every corner, I did not have someone standing over my shoulder holding me accountable, I was constantly paranoid, I questioned my worth, the battle going on in my brain was (and still is, to be honest) never ending and the storms of life just seemed to never stop coming. I had no clue what to do. Life just seemed to never slow down (and I still feel like that sometimes just to be real with you).
It was in that season of my life that I realized something. God was not telling me to physically “be still.” God was telling me that no matter what season of life I might be in, He is still God. He is still the God that created the universe. He is still the God that created me. He is still the God that has a purpose for me. He is still the God that sent His one and only son to die on the cross for my sins. He is still the God that makes the orphans sons and daughters. He is still the God that provides. He is still the God that keeps his promises. He is still the God that loves me despite what I have done. He is still the God that never leaves me alone. He is still the God that only wants the best for me. He is still the God that is the beginning and the end. He is still the God that I will one day stand face to face with in Heaven.
I realized that because I know who my God is, my life is forever changed for the better. At my lowest of lows, at my highest of highs and everything in between, I know my God is always a constant.
When you read all of Psalm 46:10, it says:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
If you are a little curious about how I came to remember who God really is even during a tough season of life, it is because of the second half of that verse. I finally learned how to “be still” and remember who my God is, was and always will be, because I know that God is always working through us. My “job” as a Christian living on this Earth is to glorify God in everything that I say and do. God used my tough situation (and is still using it) to teach me more than I can ever imagine, and my only hope is that I can help at least one person out of sharing the words that God puts on my heart.
So, when life just does not seem to be going your way, or when you feel on top of the world, or even when you are simply in the middle, just remember to “be still” and remember the God that did, does and will do so much for you. Remember that God is using those moments to glorify the Kingdom of the Lord.