“Be still and know that I am God.”
I have cited that verse many times in the past, often in the context of our need to slow down the rapid pace of our lives in order to leave time and space for God. Well, this past week, I had the opportunity to live out that verse after my shoulder surgery. The surgery went well by all accounts, but even so, the doctors told me – and my body reminded me – to take it easy and rest. So for a couple of days after the surgery, I literally had to be still!
It was hard being forced to be still and to do nothing but think. At first, all I could think was “be still and know that I’m falling behind on my emails and church work.” It made me realize that much of my identity is still wrapped up in my work. By Sunday however, I slowly came to remember that University Baptist is not solely dependent on me, and that God ultimately is the leader of the church.
I’m grateful for church leaders who led so capably during our church conference on Wednesday.
I’m grateful for the staff and Rev. Bill Smith for their leadership in worship Sunday.
I’m also grateful for the cards, emails and Facebook comments praying for my recovery.
As I’m back in the office this week, I’ll still have to take work slowly. I hope I will continue to carry the lesson that God is ultimately in charge.
I’m called to be still and know that God is God.