Be Still…

I’ve been in hiber­na­tion mode since Christmas…sleep-y-ville…and I’ve been won­der­ing about sea­sons of life, sea­sons of fal­low­ness, sea­sons of rest…I won­der if you can relate? Do you feel like you’re not liv­ing up to your poten­tial when you enter times of life like this? I know I can get a bit down on myself. I won­der if the mes­sage of this song would encour­age us to think of the­se times as gifts rather than strug­gles? The word that we trans­late to “be still” is  Rapha which has the con­no­ta­tion in  Hebrew of “to sink as hay into a flame”…an image of us giv­ing up our will so that God’s will might be done…

Diet­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer says it this way…

Our life is not a sim­ple straight line that our will and our rea­son draw. Rather, life is some­thing that is formed from two dif­fer­ent lines, two dif­fer­ent ele­ments, two dif­fer­ent pow­ers. Life is com­posed of human ideas and God’s ways, and in truth there is no human way at all, for “the human mind plans the way” – mean­ing that it’s only a sketch of a way, an idea of a way, a way in the­o­ry, in illu­sion. But there is only one real way that we inevitably have to go, and that is God’s way.

The dif­fer­ence between the two lives is that human beings would like to forsee the whole of their life at one time, but God’s way goes just step-by-step. God would like for peo­ple to go step-by-step, led not by their own ideas about life but by God’s word, which comes to them at each step, when­ev­er they ask. There is no word from God for the whole of our life. God’s word is new and open today and tomor­row, and it can only be relat­ed to the moment in which we hear it.”

Are you in a sea­son of fal­low­ness? Of win­ter? Then heck-yeah bud­dy, sink like hay into flame… God’s word from Psalm 46 for this sea­son…

 


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