There’s just something about waking up early to discover everything shrouded in light fog that makes you want to be quiet.
To be still.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons God allows suffering. Maybe in the midst of a situation where we can’t see very far down the path, we more easily rely on His guidance. Maybe He doesn’t heal right away or find us a new job right away because once we’ve stopped squirming and crying in resistance and come to a form of acceptance that this is our path, He has an opportunity to reveal more of himself to us. We come to learn that He is able to truly sustain us through the most difficult of times.
“Be still and know that I am God.” the Psalmist wrote. God wants us to get to know Him, but we get so busy with the everyday. In the book of Job we find a man in the midst of terrible suffering, anguished in his pain, wearied of trying to defend his virtue to his visitors. God speaks to him and says “Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.” He wanted to get Job’s focus off his own suffering and back on the power and goodness of God.
It’s good be still. To be amazed in the glory of the rising of the sun, to marvel at His imagination in the design of His creation, to reflect on the wondrous ways God has answered prayer in the past, to just be, recognizing that each breath is a gift—this is what it is to be still.