Be Still – Be Patient

Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In every change He faithful will remain
Be still my soul thy best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end
Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last
Be still, my soul, the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below

Song: Be Still My Soul by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Being a kid it’s very hard to be still

Being still as a kid in Sunday School when praying is even harder

Being a patient at the dentist when he says “hold still” is difficult


When you’re a kid waiting for that special someone

Or just a guy waiting for that special fish

We all need more patience in our 

God says “Be still and know that I am God”  Psalm 46:10

Now that’s Comforting!

As mere humans we are always on the go.  Everything needs to be immediate these days.   We never allow ourselves the time to be quiet and just sit.  This past year of 2020 with the Covid-19 outbreak, we have had to re-think how we do things.  We have had to change the way we work  or go to school.  We have had to be patient for a vaccine, among other things.

Perhaps slowing down has allowed us more time to be spent with God.  To read His Word.  To receive spiritual restoration.  We are running ourselves ragged and need rest.  Those who trust in the Lord don’t seem to have as much anxiety as others, because we know leaving our troubles at the feet of Jesus we can find rest.  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7   It isn’t a hard or complicated thing to do, just having faith gives us that patience we need to be still before Him and let Him take care of us.

Waiting when God seems to be silent.  God’s timing is not our timing. “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.”  Psalm 37:7a   

“See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”  James 5:7b-8   God is unique, and no one can make Him change.  Whatever He desires is what He does, because He makes happen what is appointed for each of us.

I remember as a kid, my Grandma would try to in-still patience in me.  She used to get boxes of baked goods from the bakery tied up with string.  She would save the string and when I was somewhat unruly or under foot, she would bring out the string and have me sit quietly and untie all the knots.  It must have worked, because now I can sit still for long periods of time.  I think my Grandma and God were working together, because I now can sit with my Bible and read and be still and the anxiety of the day falls away.  “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”  Psalm 62:5

Stay and sit with God, talk to Him, tell Him what’s on your mind, your heartaches, your traumas, even your joys.  He’s right there and lets us be still for just a bit.  It’s there we can find the intimacy with God we long for.  This time spent with God will also allow you to know yourself better.  If you can listen to what God says to you, you can then listen better to others who need you to hear them.

If you don’t know this intimacy with Jesus, come to know Him by this prayer and start your time of being still and know God personally.