Be Still ...

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that life is moving at a frenetic pace these days.  Spring is in the air, but stress is too.  Schedules are packed full.  Classes.  Projects.  Meetings.  Exams.  End-of-the-year-wrap-ups.  Plans for the summer.  Plans for next year.  Plans for the rest of your life. 

How to accomplish it all, seems to be the question of the day for many right now.  More work than time.  More tasks than energy.  More that needs to be done than the space to make it all happen.  It’s no wonder then, that amid a moment of exasperation last week, I heard a student say, “if only the day had 48 hours in it, I would be just fine.”

Maybe … but probably not.  It seems that we fill every moment that we have, and if we had 48 hours everyday, we would most likely find a way to pack those 48 hours just as full as we do our 24 hour days.

As I was thinking about the stress of this time of year, I was reminded of a note that was posted to the bulletin board in the office of the chapel where I went to college.  Our office administrator – Dianne was her name – had written these thoughts, and posted them for all of us to see:

 

            “When the plate is too full, the tasks are too many, and you are not sure how to

            keep going, stop, breathe, and remember this:

 

            Be still and know that I am God.

            Be still and know that I am.

            Be still and know.

            Be still.

            Be.”

 

In the 25 years since I first read Dianne’s note, I have built this simple reflection into the morning, noon, and evening of my day.  It only takes a matter of minutes, but it calms my heart, clears my mind, and in a moment re-centers my being in God.

It is not a magic wand, or a sudden cure all for the busyness of our lives, but it does remind us that even a moment of stillness can make the path ahead more manageable.

So, I commend to you Dianne’s words:

 

“When the plate is too full, the tasks are too many, and you are not sure how to

            keep going, stop, breathe, and remember this:

 

            Be still and know that I am God.

            Be still and know that I am.

            Be still and know.

            Be still.

            Be.”

 

In each day, may you find at least a moment of stillness, and in that moment be found in grace.

God bless your moments and your days.

+Pr. Char

April 9, 2013

Rev. James A. Wetzstein and Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox serve as university pastors at Valpo and take turns writing weekly reflections.