“Be still, and know that I am God!” ~Psalm 46:10
One of the things Wayne Muller repeatedly pointed out at the Ghost Ranch Sabbath Retreat is that we get this beautiful, simple line from Scripture all wrong. We tend to emphasize the ‘knowing’ part: Be still, and KNOW that I am God.
But the Scripture has an exclamation point, and Wayne’s encouragement was to read it correctly: Be still, and know that I AM GOD! It is a reminder for us all to realize WE ARE NOT GOD, only God is God. And stillness helps us open to the reality that we are not in charge; we cannot control the outcomes. Stillness helps us breathe into the reality of our finitude and the limits of our agency. In stillness we humble ourselves before the vastness of creation and the awesomeness of God.