In Exodus, when Moses is leading the Isrealites out of Egypt there is that famous stand off as they reach the Red Sea. With the Egyptians behind them, and the water stretch out before them, many of the Israelites argue if they should give up, or hand themselves over to the enemy. They’ve become rash, feeling desperate, alone. I love the passage that follows, after there’s been such struggle to leave a land where the people were enslaved, where they are so scared, so frightened they are ready to give up.
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
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I love this moment and the message. Moses has come in to his own as a leader, bravely stating what God has promised all along. Moses is full of faith when it would be so easy to be afraid.
And even more stunningly, he’s mirroring what we hear in the Psalm 46:10, the message of “Be Still and Know that I am God.”
This was one of my big lessons in Lent this year, the lesson of patience and faith. This idea that by being still, I leave room for God, for God’s work, for something bigger to happen than the next thing I might do if I were to act on my own. Being still gives me time to think, to listen, to wait. Being still means that I know, in act and deed that God is with me, leading me, and I have surrendered to His guidance. Being still says I am faithful, and that I need and love and trust God. One simple action that holds so much silent, purposeful meaning.
I’m find that I’m just beginning to know and to love the art of being still.
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