Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Be Still

It didn't take us long after we started attending the church here to figure out the favorite hymn of one of the members. "Be Still and Know That I am God".  He requested it regularly. As soon as he started speaking, we knew what he was going to say. "Can we sing number...?" 

A couple of months after we moved here, this man and his wife experienced deep grief when their grandson, who was only in his thirties,  died tragically. I couldn't help but think of that hymn, "Be still and know that I am God...I am the Lord that healeth thee...In thee, O Lord, I put my trust...." Be still? When a grandson has been taken from you? Be still? When you're overcome by grief and "whys"?  Suffering loss is hard to deal with; it's even harder to rest in the Lord and be still when you're hurting so deeply. 

And what about when finances fail? What about when the children are sick, the baby cries all night and you're so exhausted you can't even pray? What about when your teenage son rebels against you and lashes out with words that wound deeper than a knife? What about when the doctor speaks that dreaded word "cancer" and the room spins and despair pulls at your very soul? What about when your spouse has been unfaithful? What about when you've been betrayed by those closest to you and you have no one to turn to? What about when you feel like you have to do fix it somehow...but you know you can't and hopelessness settles in?

What then? 

Be still. Know that He is God. He is GodHe understands every heartache, every question. He's acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3), and He is the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3).

Because of sin, this world is and always will be filled with sickness and sorrow. But our Father has promised to keep hold us through every trial. His exhaustless supply of grace is there to meet our need. He only asks that we trust Him.

When you don't know what to do or where to turn, turn to Him. As hard as it may be, just "be still" and allow Him to comfort you...while He works. 

Jessica Geise is a follower of Jesus Christ, the wife of an amazing husband, and the mother of four children who are the loves of her life. She is passionate about homeschooling, enjoys spending time with her family more than anything else,  would rather buy a new book than new clothes, is always starting on a diet, and thinks that chocolate is the next-best medicine to laughter. Other than reading, her favorite hobbies are music, decorating, blogging, and making attempts at photography. She blogs about this, that, and the other at


  1. What a poignant reminder to trust in every situation! Thanks, Jessica!

  2. I'm still learning. Trust doesn't always come easily; but God is trustworthy! Thanks for your encouragement, Jennifer.