“Be still and know that I am God.”
Early in the morning recently, a friend of mine called me gasping for breath and needing to vent her frustration about something going on at work. She was exasperated, hassled and about to burst into tears. Unable to find her center, she rambled on about what appeared to be simple things that got out of hand, or miscommunication that created tension. She needed a safe place to rage against a situation that was making her feel crazy. She had a legitimate gripe and no one and no way to be heard where she worked. So she called me.
I was not sure what to do except listen and give her the space to get it out of her system. After a while, she calmed down and I could hear in her voice that her equilibrium was returning.
Have you ever been in that situation? What did you do? Even Jesus went on a tear once in a while; remember the incident when he drove the money changers out of the Temple? Or the scathing rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees? Did the apostles help him calm down after that? Did they tell him to cool his jets? How do you maintain your own cool when someone else is losing theirs?
I thought of Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” I was telling myself to be still so my friend could find her own calm again. My being still helped her return to her center.
Be peace. That is our motto, our wonderful slogan, our very dynamic way of expressing our mission. Be peace – when a friend calls in a huff, moaning and complaining. Be peace – because the last straw just landed on the camel’s back. Be peace – when the irritating stone will not leave the shoe. Be peace – because the computer screen just went blank for the last time. Be peace.
Sometimes “be peace” means letting someone blow off steam because they just can’t take “it” anymore, no matter what “it” is. Be still, be peace.
My prayer today is that I remain still, remain peaceful. Say it this way: Be. Be still. And know. I am God.”