In the Stillness

“Be still and know that I am God,” seems to be a common verse from Psalms that Christians say or hang on their walls within their homes.

We try to remind our hearts to be still and know He is God.

But do we do it?

I don’t know about you, but this does not come natural to my Type-A, constantly creating to-do lists personality. Now maybe you are a natural at it and easily find time of aloneness (and if so, please tell me your ways).

I imagine for the majority of us, stillness is not something we try to attain often in our lives. It seems like days, weeks, and months can go by within the routine and demands and then one day we wake up and realize we haven’t been still before God in quite some time. In fact, when was the last time we stopped to hear His voice?

In different seasons, I have had the privilege to have a slower schedule and bask in stillness before God. So my heart has tasted and knows the sweetness of listening to His still, small voice.

But life caught up to me.

And 7 months went by without me getting away from my routine and retreating to spend more than an hour listening.

Right now I am in a season of life where a lot has changed. My husband and I moved, started in on a new local ministry and have been excitedly awaiting the arrival of our first child.

We both knew in our hearts if we didn’t take an opportunity to retreat and be with God, life was only going to speed up.

So we went to the mountains to spend a retreat unplugging from the world.

And in those places we heard God speak.

He re-centered our hearts, reminding us of who we were and who He was. The burdens we carried we brought before Him and saw them set with the sun over the mountains.

These moments of pause and allowing God to re-focus our hearts doesn’t come natural to the human soul, or at least the Western, technologically-addicted, human soul. We must fight to find spaces and moments to be still before God, because in the stillness is where He reminds us that He is God. He will fight for us. We need only to be still.



Abi Khavari traveled the world, writing for a non-profit agency in the Middle East. She now lives in Colorado, got married recently, and is earning her masters degree in counseling.







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