Be Still and Know That I am God

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the Earth.

Psalm 46:11

In this modern world where our minds are going at 100 miles an hour, it’s too easy to go at such a fast pace that we forget to make room for God. We forget to make time for God. 

But this is where the Quaker practice of sitting in stillness can be so helpful. When we sit in expectant waiting, we are making space for God. We are making time for God. 

Often, as Quakers, we forget that we can listen for God in the liminal moments, in the in-between. We don’t have to listen for God only in the moments before bed, or only in Meeting. We can tune in during the day. We can tune in as we are overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted. 

We can tune in whenever we need a measure of peace. We can tune in when we are on the brink of saying something unkind, unjust, unquakerly. 

While yes, Jesus is there wherever two or three are gathered in His name, he’s also there when it’s just us. This is a core tenant of the Quaker faith. We know the divine is with us even when there’s nobody else. We know the divine is with us when we need the support and guidance the most. 

When you’re overwhelmed, when you’re having a breakdown, when you’re feeling like you’re on the verge of crumbling, take a breath, close your eyes, and listen for Him. For in the stillness, God is found.

Query: When would it best serve me to tune in and listen for God?


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