Recently while I was out making sales calls in the Hondo area, I stumbled upon a gift shop called MainStreet Mercantile located on highway 90. Initially I was going to be in and out, but as I was dropping off my business card I happened to look up and see a decorative cross with Psalm 46:10 transcribed on it: Be still and know that I am God.
I couldn’t look away. In fact, after seeing the message I found myself recalling a few times in my life when that psalm has found its way into the forefront of my life.
Once was when I was hiking with my middle school best friend, Holly, at the Cibolo Nature Center in our hometown of Boerne.
I found myself spending the entire hike venting to her about all the various stressors and obstacles in my life. Like most best friends, she listened patiently until we came across a bridge that overlooked the creek.
I stopped talking long enough to hear the gentle sounds of birds chirping and water flowing under our feet and through the live oak and cypress tree canopy that surrounded us.
Holly looked at me and said, “Be still and know that I am God.”
It certainly made an impression. As a matter of fact, I began to wonder how many times in my life I had missed precious moments because I was too engrossed in whatever anxiety maze I had created in my head.
I made a conscious effort to try to be more present with my loved ones and to go outside and breathe fresh air when I was feeling overwhelmed.
This worked for a few months, and then I easily fell back into my old familiar pattern of trying to solve all the problems and fret over all the things I cannot control.
Then, during the height of 2020’s shelter in place efforts, I decided to take an online class on mindfulness. The concept is relatively simple: mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calming, acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Typically, it is taught as a therapeutic technique to help individuals break the cycle of high anxiety and stress.
The instructor of the class shared that she went as far as to get a tattoo to remind herself to be mindful. There on her wrist was the first few words from Psalm 46:10, Be still and know.
Although I have yet to go as far as tattooing the psalm on my body, I do try to keep those words in my mind.
Oddly enough, whenever I am close to forgetting, those words have a way of creeping back into my life. Just like it did on that December day out in Hondo when I found myself face to face with the reminder.
I ended up buying that cross and gifting it to my boyfriend Jeremiah for Christmas. The intention was to remind him when life gets heavy and our thoughts begin to spin around us, we simply have to remember to be still and know that God has a plan. Now it hangs in his house next to the garage door and in plain sight of the living room. I find myself looking at the cross and smiling, knowing that God’s got this, all we have to do is be still and enjoy the moment.