Be Still and Know

Be still and know.  Moss  from Beauty Observed

My “unword” for the year is “unafraid.”  This year, I was kicking fear to the curb!  And yet, here I was, laying in bed again, eyes wide open, gripped with fear.  I was sure that the information I had was reliable.  The threat was imminent.  I tossed and turned all night, crying out to the Lord for help with this situation.  Sleep would not come.

In the morning, with fear still balled up in my stomach, I made my way downstairs.  All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my laptop and a pair of headphones and lose myself in Netflix to ease the pain.  But, really?  How many times had that helped in the past?

Instead, I went to the chair that I do my devotions in.  Several years ago, a friend told me about Professor Grant Horner’s Bible reading method and I’m still using it.  Feeling raw, I knew I couldn’t process all ten chapters today, so I turned to Psalms.  My Bible opened at bookmark #6  and I began reading.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore, we will not fear, ….

Be still and know.  Moss 2 from Beauty Observed  And I started to bawl.  Tears falling down my face bawling.  And the knot of fear in my stomach released.  I continued reading through my tears.

though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging…..

The “thing” I was facing was no where near as scary as watching a mountain fall into the sea.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress…...

 10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

He is so faithful.  He is so loving.  He has us in the palm of His hand.

And that “thing” that kept me up all night?  It didn’t even happen.  But, I am grateful for it, because this living God that I serve gave me a gift that I have continued to carry through these last few days.  And that is beautiful.

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10


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12 thoughts on “Be Still and Know

  1. Joanne Viola

    Loved this post, Elizabeth, as Psalm 46:10 has been on my heart for days now. Have you ever noticed so many of our “what if’s” never occur? Seriously. I do the very same thing as you. Lately when a “what if” goes through my mind … “what if I fail?”; I reign in my thoughts & ask, “But what if I don’t?” I am learning to change the what if to something positive. Not saying I am always successful, just that I am trying 🙂 I landed on this post from Everyday Jesus & am glad that I did. May we both have a great Friday.

    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Thank you for your comments. Yes, it is crazy how many times the horrible things we imagine never happen. I wish I could get this through my head. I like your “But what if I don’t?” That is great and I will try to remember it 😀

      I hope we do have great Fridays! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s and professional Mimi’s Day!

    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Thanks, Brittany! Me, too. You’d think I’d learn by now, but… smh

      Have a wonderful Mother’s Day with those two beautiful boys!


  2. Sharita

    Simply beautiful, Elizabeth… your pictures, your words and God provision of what you need in the moment. I hope you don’t mind, but I will be praying for your “unword” this year… I have struggled with fear and anxiety in the past so will be lifting you up!

  3. Roxy

    Hello, I thank God that He has delivered me from that spirit of fear! I am not saying I never get afraid, I am saying it no longer grips me! I learned that why we fear so many things, is that we fear death or just being done on this earth.
    Like dying and going to heaven is even a bad thing (really) satan is such a liar.
    Thanks for coming to the party! You’re a precious young woman and God has a destiny and hope for YOU!
    Love, Roxy

  4. Barbie

    The Psalms bring me so much comfort when I am fearful. I am thankful nothing ever transpired. It’s so easy to allow ourselves to get caught up in the what ifs. Blessings!


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