… That I am God. (Psalm 46.10)
I forget that… That a key to knowing that it is God who is God and in charge, and not me, is to be still.
I went to check out a place of quiet and silence yesterday, the Fenland Hermitage. It’s one of those places that you go to and think, ‘what took me so long to get here, why haven’t I been here before?’
I’m told by one of the hosts that it’s in the silence and stillness that I encounter God. I don’t have to get my head around that statement much, as I encountered God in the few moments of being still in their beautiful chapel. Wow, I felt so loved.
My dad was with me on this adventure, he is a Franciscan and seeks to live out his life with their ‘rule of life’ of simplicity, welcome and mission. We read together this beautiful prayer:
Lord of life,
Help me live this day quietly,
To lean on your strength,
To wait for the unfolding of your will patiently,
To meet others peacefully,
To face this day confidently, courageously. Amen
(St Francis of Assisi)
We weren’t there for long, but I know I have found a place where I can abide, be still and meet afresh with the one who calls me… ‘Be still and know that I am God…’