Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
Several years ago at church camp, we took a girl on a canoe trip who was deathly afraid of the water. We assured her that she was safe. She would wear a life jacket, and would travel in a canoe with experienced staff. She reluctantly agreed to go.
Naturally, her canoe was caught in a current and capsized when it struck an overhanging branch. The girl panicked and thrashed and screamed. It took forever for the staff to let her know that if she would only be still and stand up, she would discover that the water was only waist deep!
Sometimes when we encounter the things we most fear (rejection, failure, sickness…), we panic and thrash about and scream. But God calls us to have a little faith. If we will be still, we might just discover that our greatest fears are only waist deep, and that God has become a foundation we can stand upon.
Bringing It Home
1. What are your greatest fears? What does your faith have to say about those fears?
2. Spend some time with Psalm 46 this week, and allow its comforting message to calm your fears.
Powerful God, your love has conquered the powers of evil, and even death itself. Remind us today that you are bigger than all of our fears. Teach us to be still and know that you are God. Let your peace dwell within us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prince of Peace, Burnsville, MN