Be Still and Know

The past couple of weeks have been very busy for me, with an unusually large client load at the moment (Thank you God!), out of town guests, and a need to figure out which roofer to hire to replace our roof. It feels as though I have been going pretty much nonstop. When that happens, I find it very difficult to focus on any one thing, and as a result, everything feels as though it is slipping.

So when Annika called on Friday morning to say that she had a free weekend and asked if we would be interested in going to the mountains, we jumped on it. We scrambled a bit and discovered we could get a cabin at the YMCA of the Rockies on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park for two nights, and dropped everything and made plans to meet Annika there that evening.

We didn’t have many particularly profound conversations over the next 36 hours, but spent much of our time drinking in the beauty all around us. I was again reminded of why it was designated a National Park, now 100 years ago. The mountains, the blue sky with interesting clouds that come and go, the contrasting colors of the rocks, trees, snow and sky all spoke to me of God. We are so blessed to live in Colorado where such magnificent beauty is so accessible to us!

Now today, as I got back into my busy work schedule, I have taken a few minutes to reflect on the experience of the weekend. What immediately came to me was the truth of Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God”. It struck me that this verse points to a profound truth that we in our busy lives need to be regularly reminded about. It is when we become still and take time to look around us, or to listen for God’s word to us, that we are able to be aware of the reality of God’s presence in the world and in our lives. I needed to go out quietly at night and see the unbelievable array of stars that is present on a clear mountain night to be reminded of what we mean when we sing “Our God is an awesome God”.

So thanks, Annika, for helping me to take some time away, to be still, and to be reminded of God’s presence, strength, creativity and love, to give us this beautiful world in which to live.

Thank you God, for giving us so many reminders in this state of your creative power. Help us to remember to take time to be still, so that we can allow your word, your creation, and your love to sink in to us. You have given us so much – help us to take the time to focus on you.

Amen.

David Erickson-Pearson


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