“Be still and know that I am God.”

December 22, 2011 under Unlikely Christian
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A couple of weeks ago my facebook status was, “Note to self: Be still and know that He is God.”

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At the urging of a fellow  iron sharpener, I decided to put that into practice.

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Yeah I know, it’s in the Bible and as a Christian I should’ve already been practicing that but just being truthful here, there are lots of things in the Bible that I’ve read, highlighted and can recite that don’t seem to come to mind when I need them.  Yet another good reason to get you some iron sharpeners.

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Okay so, “Be still and know that you are God.”

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Alright, be still.

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Physically still – Got it.  No problems there.  I have some comfortable chairs in my house, I’m still all the time.

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Mentally still – Whoa…..I don’t really know what that means.  My brain doesn’t really know how to be still.  I’ve yet to find the off ramp to even slow it down.  From the very moment I wake up, it’s like my brain says, “It’s about time!” Then, like a beagle that’s just completed digging his hole under the fence, my brain is off and running.  I don’t know if any of you have ever had a beagle but when they take off, they’re gone.  They are also completely oblivious to your calls to come back.  That’s my brain.  Did I ever mention that I may have some A.D.D. issues as well?

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So this whole “Be still and know”, has been something I’ve struggled to accomplish.  One of the frustrating things about the Bible to a guy like me is that it doesn’t really come with instructions or step by step directions of exactly how to do something – Like abiding Christ.  I’d like to abide in Christ always but how?  How do I get/remain there?  What is step one?  That’s actually a tease to another post I started writing awhile back but then my beagle brain caught scent of something else and changed directions.  I’m sure I’ll come back to it once God is ready for me to.

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Anyway, it’s the same with the whole “Be still” thing.  How?  What are the steps I need to slow down this overactive brain of mine?

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Well this morning it hit me, which is the reason I’m writing this now.

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God didn’t say, “Be still and once you are still, know that I am God.”  He just said, “Be still and know that I am God.”Psalm 46:10 – NLT  I may not be able to slow my brain down but I can at least help it directionally.  So this morning I decided to be physically still and then let my brain go off and freely run on the road of knowing that He is God.

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BINGO!

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I did it!  I was still and then knew that He was God.  How did I know?  Well I thought about how He created the Heavens, the earth and every living creature that walks/swims in it.  I thought about mountains, oceans, sunsets – God’s beautiful canvas that I get to walk around on everyday.  He created it all!  I thought about how He parted the Red Sea, about how He came down to earth in human form and performed miracle after miracle.  I thought about how He died and rose again, about how He loves me and how He makes all things work together for my good (Romans 8:28).  All sorts of things like the above came flooding into my mind.  It was amazing.  My beagle brain relished in it. 

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What a great way to start my day!

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Here’s another thing I learned this morning.  My beagle brain is full of junk.  It’s kind of like holding down Ctrl – Alt – Del, bringing up the task manager, hitting the process tab and seeing that I have 412 processes running.  All these processes are taking up 77% of my brain usage.  Some of them are useful processes I’m sure, like my brain telling my heart to keep beating but a big chunk of the processes are just unnecessary brain noise.  Brain noise that takes away from important stuff, brain noise that messes with my focus function, brain noise that sometimes skews my way of thinking and dealing, brain noise that clouds my judgment, brain noise that makes it hard for me to mentally slow down, brain noise that keeps me from recollecting things like, “Be still and know that I am God” when that’s exactly what I need to be thinking.

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After my “Being still & knowing” session this morning, without getting too technical, God cleaned up my beagle CPU.  He closed a bunch of those unnecessary processes that were dragging me down.  Seriously, as I write this my brain is much less chaotic than it was when I first got up and sat pondering how I was going to be still. 

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Sticking with the whole computer analogy, unnecessary processes were closed, the hard drive was defragged, spy ware was detected and eliminated, new virus software was installed, all because I was able to “Be still and think about who God is, what He’s done, what He’s doing etc….”  Old junk was removed.  Now I have more room for the good stuff, like “Knowing He is God!”

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Amazing!

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Guess how I’m going start my day tomorrow?

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Thank you God for all the wonderful gifts you’ve given me, some of which I’m just now opening.

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Comments? Questions? Etc….?  I’d love to hear from you!  Reply below, hit me up on the Unlikely Christian Facebook Page or send me an e-mail – me@unlikelychristian.com .  

 

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