“Be Still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

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

It always seems as if there is something to do, someplace to go or someone to call.  A problem to resolve or an unexpected one developing.  I check the time, only to find time is running out.  Was I to be there already?  What was I to get? Did I mail that or completely forget to write it out to start with?  I am certain I recall  correctly but I could be mistaken, are you sure that is what I said I would do?  Is that today?!   I am not running out of things to do, only time to do them!

Wait!  I’m a priest!  Did I pray the Daily Office?  How close is it to 3pm?  I have the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to pray. Wait! Was that counseling session this afternoon?  Tonight?  Was I to call him, or was he to call me?  Did I say I would do that visitation before dinner or after?  I know I am definitely behind schedule, I’d better get out to the car and get going!

WOW!  What a beautiful sunset.  It is true, only God can paint a sunset. It feels good too, with an autumn chill finally setting into the air.  As hot as the summer had been, winter is just around the corner.  I can tell, the Canadian geese overhead have already begun their flight.  Is anything more incredible that these birds make this journey year after year and always end up home?  What a picture- the geese, the sky streaked with wispy clouds, the air smelling of smoke from a distant fireplace and that beautiful sunset.  Yes indeed, only God can paint a picture like this.

Wait, I find that time has slowed down.  So has my heart rate.  The words of my favorite passage come back to visit me, as they always do and usually when I need to be reminded of them the most.  “Be still, and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10)

I find my most spiritual moments- the strongest presence of God, when I am quiet.  Usually when I am surrounded by nature and the beauty of God’s creation.  God often speaks to me through nature. I am like Job. I hear His voice in a clap of thunder, in a crash of a wave upon the beach and in the roar of the wind as a storm approaches.  I also hear God in the whisper of that wind, as it beckons the kites to dance or in the cry of a seagull as it rides the wind above the beach.

God can be heard in the laughter of children, in the humming tune of a grandmother or in the blessing of a passing stranger on the street when someone has sneezed.  God can be heard in the trumpet of Taps at a soldiers funeral, in the chime of a church bell or in the heartfelt embrace of friends. God can be heard in the babbling brook, in the song of birds in spring, in the rustle of wind-blown autumn leaves or in the silence of a snowy winter night.

God speaks to us constantly. God speaks to us in many ways.  Through the songs of nature, an urgent plea to help and in the voices of our  friends.  God longs for us to listen.  God initiates the conversation.  God waits for us. All we have to do is listen.

Be still, and know that I am God“.

One comment

  1. Ann Marie Serina

    Bryan, This is sooo beautiful. It made me think that I too can feel HIM in the silence of my soul and the glory of nature.I see HIM in the changing leaves and hear Him in the songs of the birds.I regret I don’t take that time for myself as often as I should. I treasure that gift though, because not everyone can hear HIM whisper in the wind.I just told my friend, Robin that HE speaks to us everyday…we need to slow down and listen.I don’t know how it happened, but I am the one others look to for a spriitual healing session.My brother Willy said to me “when did you get so wise?”…..(I know, hard to believe someone would say that about me) I know now, it was always there, I just needed to find my voice. May God Bless you in your work.I see you too have found your voice…..I always knew you would.I’m glad I can still hear it….am

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