Two weeks ago I was stabbed in the gut four times by my surgeon. Thankfully I did not feel a thing until anaesthetic wore off later that day! I have been in recovery mode since then with orders to “Be still!” It struck me as I read Psalm 46 today that the “Be still!” that is often used for entering a meditative and contemplative state is also an emphatic command rather than a voluntary spiritual practice in a serene retreat setting. God says “Be still!” in the midst of tumult and violence so cataclysmic that the figurative mountains are falling into the sea. In the midst of this God is a refuge. This proclamation of peace is from the same God who created the world with a simple word and now bids that wars cease. Oh that the warring world might hear–or me in my own daily frenzy.

 

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