Reflections of God's Goodness
Lent begs us to slow down and take stock. If you haven’t yet begun, it’s not too late. God is infinitely patient with us. So begin today by asking yourself: Where am I in my relationship — with God and others? How can I draw closer? How can I be a better disciple, wife, parent, husband, friend, or co-worker?
As always, we can look to Jesus’ example. He never failed to see the whole person. He met widows, cured withered limbs and urged children to come to Him. He continually reached out to and loved those who came to Him.
How did He do it? Luke reminds us:
…but now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad. Many crowds would gather to hear Him and to be cured of their diseases. But He would withdraw to deserted places to pray.
People followed Jesus everywhere — He was busy too! Everyone wanted something — needed something.
Jesus knew He couldn’t do it alone. He withdrew to a quiet place and even though scripture doesn’t say it, I imagine that Jesus heard the words of Psalm 46 in His heart…"Be still, and know that I am God.” Jesus sought solitude to come to know the Father and Himself in a deeper way. God speaks to each one of us this Lent in these very same words:
Be still, and know that I am God.
To better understand what God is saying to us, it is important to know that the Hebrew word used for “be still” really means more like “let go,” “release.” In a way, God is reminding us that He is God and we are not! He invites us to let go of our busyness, our fruitless striving, and our efforts to control life — God has it covered.
Like Jesus, we can learn to draw strength from our relationship with God and put our trust wholly in Him. When we grow in this way, our human relationships flourish too, because when we can be still before God we are able to receive love, peace and guidance.
Do you need to hear this invitation as much as I do today? Maybe this is God’s word for you right now: “Let go, be still, and know that I am God!” Begin today, even if only for a minute, be still and know that God is with you.
Blessings and peace,
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
Director of Development
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble…
Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.