When I Am Still, I Can Hear God.

July 27, 2016

When I Am Still I Can Hear GodI awaken this morning, and I hear God in my quiet time say, “go to the window.”  So I do, and I gaze out at the lake.  The water is so still – no wind blowing- perfect skiing water. But that can’t be the draw, can it?   I sit for a while taking in the moment, scanning the lake, the horizon, and the beautiful mountains.  It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderful creator we have.   So I thank God for his beauty, but I still keep hearing him say, “Look.”  I can’t figure out what in the world he wants me to see.

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

This scripture is my life verse. I cling to this verse, not because I have mastered it, but because I know the power of it.  I am a doer; it is hard for me to sit still.  So many times in life only after I have exhausted all possible human attempts to make my situation better, do I then sit still with God?  He has never failed me in that time but imagine, if only I had started with that stillness.  I would have felt peace and those difficult, unexpected moments would have felt lighter.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”   Exodus 14:13

So what about when I am not in those difficult moments, could he still want me to sit still with him? You see, I love doing for GOD, I love learning about GOD, I love praying to GOD, and I love teaching about GOD. All theses things are good, but I know he wants more. After all don’t we want more out of our friendships than just one person talking?  Relationships are meant to be a two-way street. He has things to say to you and me.

So I gaze again at the lake, and I hear God whisper again, “Look at the water.”  I look ever so closely.  First, I see it glistens and sparkles from afar as if God is winking at me.  He is letting me know “I have got you, Maree, right where I want you, just sit with me, hear me and let me love you. Your worth does not come from doing; it comes from being a child of God.  Let me guide your day.  Let me show you what is most important. Let me talk into your life.”

Then I notice that the water isn’t completely still.   I can see it move a bit, a churning underneath, and then I hear God say. “I am always working; it is slow and steady, but I am working.”

“Let it be, just be still with me.”

His whisper says, “Enjoy this very moment, take it all in, you will find peace, love, and joy at this very moment. Just be with me.”

 

32 Comments

  1. Reply

    sarahgirl3

    Be still with me.
    I love that!

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      Maree Dee

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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    rjbritton

    Love how God reminds us to be still with him. We can let him work away and rest in Him.

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      Maree Dee

      Rachel – What beautiful words. Thank you for your comment. Maree

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    Gretchen Fleming

    What a soothing post Maree! That verse is one of my top 5 for sure that He has used in my life and continues to press in with me. I’m a doer too so I can automatically start working really hard at something I was supposed to let Him take the lead and responsibility for. I love lake views myself! So wonderful to enjoy such a view and worship Him👍 Thanks for sharing such a peaceful moment with us that was equally insightful.

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      Maree Dee

      Gretchen,

      Thank you for your encouraging post. I too am a doer, and it is hard to break the habit. I have to confess God did not get my quiet time this morning. Now that just might explain why it is 11:47 pm and I have not wrapped up my day. I started it all wrong. I did have some great driving time worshipping him, but it still isn’t the same when I don’t start my day with him. Blessings, Maree

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    Brandi Raae

    Moments like that are so special!! Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays. 🙂

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      Maree Dee

      Brandi – Thank you for hosting the link-up. I am so impressed you get a chance to read the posts in the link-up. It means the world to me when you read and comment. Blessings, Maree

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    Michele Morin

    Lately, I’ve been “stumbling” upon posts that seem designed to convince me that there’s not a single thing I can do that will make me more beloved by God. He wants my heart, not my continual striving.

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      Maree Dee

      Michele – Don’t you love it when that happens. God is so good. I keep stumbling upon verses and posts about “resting.” So far I am just reading not resting. I hope you are letting it sink that God wants your heart. Just thinking about that makes me smile. Maree

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    carolapv

    “Be still and know that I am God.” For me that means turning down the noise–the radio, TV, phone, computer and etc. It is during a quiet walk or silence as I drive the car that receive insights from the Lord. I enjoyed your reflection on being still.

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      Maree Dee

      Thank you for sharing what you do to allow yourself to be quiet with God. You have encouraged me to take a walk with God this morning. Maree

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    welcomeheart

    God is always more interested in my sitting than my serving – like our dear sisters, Mary and Martha. And then the overflow of service is actually valuable. funny how that works.

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      Maree Dee

      It is funny how that works. What I love about Martha is she changed. She learned how to sit with God. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  8. Reply

    Amanda

    Such a wonderful reminder. This is right where I was yesterday, yearning for that connection with God that can only come in quieting my soul.

    During the worship set that I led that day at a local prayer room, God reminded us that we have permission to just come and be with Him, simply as His daughters/sons. It was so precious and I can feel His refreshing just washing over me. He is so good to us!

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      Maree Dee

      Amanda,

      Thank you for sharing, you made me smile. I too love it when I feel God washing over me. You have left me yearning to seek that today. Thank you! Maree

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    everflowingpeace

    This was such an encouraging reminder that God is asking us all to sit at His feet and be still. I loved how you talked about God speaking TO US. So often we focus on what we can do for God, like you said, and it’s so amazing that God is calling us into a relationship with Himself. Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings, Sarah

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah,

      I couldn’t agree with you more God is calling us into a relationship with him. I struggle with sitting still with God. I found journaling to help. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Maree

  10. Reply

    Sarah Geringer (@SarahGeringer)

    Beautiful post, Maree. Sharing on Facebook and Twitter! Glad I found it at #faithonfire this week!

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah, I just finished reading your post on shame. I love it. I am so glad you liked my post. Thank you for sharing, I am going to share yours on Pinterest. Maree

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    Brenda

    Wow, Maree. Love that insight from God. Thank you for sharing it. — Funny, I just wrote a post (unpublished as of yet) about my inability to sit still, too. 🙂 ((hug))

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      Maree Dee

      Brenda,

      I can’t wait to read your post. I love encouraging words about sitting still. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Blessings,
      Maree

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    Karen

    I’m totally a doer as well so I can relate to your struggle to be still. It’s been a discipline that I’ve been trying to develop for years, but Oh so important. I this world of too much noise, we must be able to hear what our Father says! thanks for the great reminder! and PS. Wish i had a beautiful lake right outside my window!!

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      Maree Dee

      Karen, I too am trying to cultivate the ability to “BE STILL.” One would think by now I would be there, but no that is what God keeps reminding me I need to do. I only live part time by a lake. Water is amazing how it calms the soul. Thank you for stopping by and your words of encouragement.

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    Alex J

    Dec 24 will mark 1 year since I began my journey into Christianity. In this year my life has changed for the better in so many ways I can not begin to explain. I can’t wait to grow my relationship with God further this next year!

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      Maree Dee

      Alex, That is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful day to start your journey and one that will be so easy to remember. I love your excitement, to grow your relationship with God. Each year I try to set a new spiritual goal that will draw me closer to God. I can’t wait to start thinking about how God might want me to grow this year. You have spurred me on. Thank you.

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    Lauren

    Hola. I hope you’re doing well! I want to say Gracias, thank you, for writing this post. I’ve been going through a hard time lately and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you for the reminder that God hasn’t left me. I started crying while reading it. Your words of truth touched my heart deeply.

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      Maree Dee

      Lauren, I am so glad that the words of the post touched your heart. I am sorry you are going through a hard time right now. Gosh, life can be so darn difficult at times can’t it? Being still with God helps me in those times. It just sometimes isn’t where I remember to start.

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        Lauren

        Gracias for your reply. Isn’t that the truth. About life just being hard at times. While I pray and ask God for help, I have trouble just being still with Him. I definitely need to work on that. So do you have any animals? I have a sweet, energetic tabby cat named Rajah. I named him after Jasmine’s tiger in Aladdin. He’s a trip, but he’s taught me many envaluable lessons over the years.

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          Maree Dee

          Animals are wonderful. You are so right we can learn so much from them. I love their unconditional love. I have dogs.

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    Phyllis

    I have a friend who was talking with me about the verse, “Be still and know that I am God.” She said to pray the verse. And I said that I do. She said, No, pray the verse – break it down and pray it”
    “Be still and know that I am God”
    “Be still and know that I am””
    “Be still and know”
    “Be still”
    “Be”
    That’s the way I have to pray it now!

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      Maree Dee

      I love that. I am going to have to give that a try.

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