Bridging the Divided

Being Still…..

There is a movie trending on Prime Video called The Sound of Metal about a heavy metal drummer losing his hearing. In one of the scenes, the main character joins a community of addicts learning to cope with deafness. The community director has the drummer sit in an empty room for eight hours a day. The goal: learn to be still. When he cannot be still, the drummer is instructed to write without thought to grammar or sentence structure, just write.

I walk in the mornings before sitting down to work in my home office. The world is still when I step out the door each morning. The sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon. As I walk I note Canadian geese, heads tucked beneath their wings, floating effortlessly atop the waters of the small fishing pond that shimmers like glass, the glint of frost clinging tightly to the needles of the pine trees, I hear the crunch of the snow with each step. An occasional car momentarily breaks the silence, the occupant, likely on their way to work. Then, the world goes silent again.

There is serenity in stillness. It requires nothing and everything from us.  Being still requires us to silence the cacophony of the world, put down our electronic devices, set our minds on nothing but stillness. Shutting out the world and setting our minds on stillness requires effort until we learn stillness. Then, and only then, can we be still.

God tells us to be still, to know that He is God. In Hebrew, ‘still’ means to let go, to be weak, to release, to surrender. Combined with ‘be’, the meaning becomes, ‘in order that you may know’. We cannot know God without being still. It is in the stillness we find God waiting for us. Waiting for us to silence the cacophony of the world, waiting for us to put down our electronic devices, waiting for us to focus on the stillness and let go of our anxiety and fear, to find His strength in our weakness. 

Life has been challenging this year. Amid the challenges, we have also experienced God. Every breath we take is a gift. Be still…..

4 comments on “Being Still…..

  1. great post about being still. I think people tend to complicate it, but as you said it could be as easy as just stepping outside your front door!

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    • Thank you for writing. Yes, we tend to complicate most things in life, don’t we?

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      • Yes, and I dont know why. Do we do it to justitfy doing it?. As we may just say “aw sure It cant be just that!”. It is the fact that people like to challenge themselves?

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      • I think we don’t like being ‘still’ for lots of reasons – it seems like a waste of time, we believe we need to be ‘doing’ something to be productive but stillness IS productive – and, let’s face it – being still is hard. Humans like to complicate everything because it makes us feel superior. Life is simple – we complicate it. Also, being still forces us to stop the ongoing dialogue in our heads – we don’t like that because we risk coming face to face with who we really, not who we think we are. Truth is found in the silence. I like your blogs – btw!

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