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Be Still and Know That I AM God

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Psalm 46:10

Last month I was invited to speak in church on Easter Sunday. I had become a sort of back-row-leave-early kind of gal with my health issues the past few years, so I was surprised the bishop of our Mormon congregation asked me. I assembled the talk every day for weeks, studying . . . praying. A strong feeling kept coming to me to talk about my spiritual struggles of the past few years. And, to talk of the moment I felt Christ’s grace. I also shared a special dream I had last summer that was life changing. Many times, as I prepared the talk, I wanted to keep those struggles (and the dream) to myself. I kept getting that strong feeling to share, though. So I did.  [click here, if you want to listen to it.]

I make a point to have quiet time outside every morning, free from anything with a screen. I am certain that these mornings, which I set aside time to “be still”, helped me to prepare to speak to such a large group (and to feel more brave. I was nervous).

The phrase from the Bible, “Be still and know that I am God”, often passes through my thoughts when I sit outside on the back step every morning. I treasure this morning moment; I say hello to my place in the world (free from things that plug in or run on batteries). I take time to be still. This stillness wakes up my spirit to see many natural signs of God’s love around me. Every bird, every breeze, and every sunrise-pink contour of dark grey, early morning clouds cries out that Father in Heaven, and Christ, are creators.

I believe they are the creators who created our natural world. When we are still, especially out of doors, we do come to see God’s love for us in ways we overlooked. When we are still and come to know that God is our Father, we come to know LOVE, because God is love.

It was a very sanctifying experience–a glorious one–to dedicate so much time toward the specific topic of Jesus Christ. Since it was Easter Sunday, I chose to focus my Easter talk on PRAISING Christ for His sacrifice, His resurrection, and WHY praise Him:

  • We praise Christ for His LOVE.
  • We praise Christ for His POWER.
  • We praise Christ for His CAMARADERIE and unfailing support. We need each other and we need the Lord.

I was filled with awe and gratitude for Christ’s love, grace, power and camaraderie as I gave this talk. If you choose to listen to it, I hope you feel those things too.

[If you didn’t see the podcast link at first, you can click here to listen: Easter podcast. Gwendolyn Soper. 2016.]

Be still,
❤ Gwendolyn

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Author: Gwendolyn

Welcome, friend! I am an American writer, based in Utah. SIT.SIP.n.BE is a blog I created to share my passion for slow, simple living, and the importance of camaraderie. Since 2005 I have dug deep and unearthed rich things about life, self, God and others as I've lived with autoimmune disease. In spite of occasional darkest days, there are compensatory the-light-is-so-bright-I-have-to-squint moments that are utterly joy-FULL ... bursting with fulfillment and gratitude . Life can be fulfilling even with what some call limitations. Loving conversations, healing conversations, and learning conversations ARE possible with self and God.

5 thoughts on “Be Still and Know That I AM God

  1. Gwendolyn, what a beautiful way to start my day today. Your post and talk have given me strength and hope to start my day. I, too have had a spiritual awakening in these past few months. Christ is at my center and therefore everything else can either be forgotten or managed. I have given up trying to play God in my life by handling my trials by myself. He has given me immeasurable peace by surrendering to Him and allowing him to carry my burdens for me. I will envision in my mind your loved ones touching you and ministering to you in that cabin for a long time. I love you, Gwen. Consider me one of those people in that cabin, even if we don’t see each other.

  2. Dear Anonymous, Thank you. You write about your own spiritual awakening so beautifully, and giving up ‘trying to play God’ in your life by handling your own trials alone. It is a hard-won lesson, which makes the surrender all the more evident, and one where Christ’s grace becomes a very, VERY real experience. Please send me a text or another message here so I may know which person you are in that cabin! Much love, Gwendolyn

  3. Gwendolyn, I’m sorry, I should have logged in so you would know who I was. I was writing on my ipad (in bed) and was having trouble navigating the site. It’s Mary Jane! Love you!

  4. Gwen, it’s Mary Jane! I’m sorry. I was on my ipad (in bed) this morning reading this, and so didn’t log in!

  5. That’s so great, MJ! You’re definitely one of the people in that cabin with me. If you’re ever in “the cabin” please know I’m one of those people for you. I want to talk w you someday about your spiritual awakening. It’s a wonderful thing. Sure would be nice it these awakenings happened when we were toddlers. It would make life lots easier, but maybe that’s not the way it works.

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