As part of Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow, we're given a topic at 9pm and have one hour to write, edit, add photos if we choose and publish straight up at 10pm.
Tonight's topic is this:
Share your favorite quote (or quotes) -- from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever -- and write in detail about why it resonates and has meaning for you.
The very first quote that came to mind comes from the Bible, because it's been the answer to many prayers.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
I cannot list the number of times God has answered my prayers by speaking this into my spirit.
My guess is you're thinking, "Right. God "speaks" to you. Uh-huh."
God speaks to my spirit - it's not the same as hearing with my ears; He speaks His Word back to me. When you read your Bible and get to know God, He will speak to you with His Word, too.
I'll give you an example.
Several years ago, there was a huge upheaval at my church, several pastors left, many members and attendees left. A few of us stayed and held things together until the church healed and new leadership could be found.
It was a very difficult and emotional time for our church. With a music degree in my back pocket, I offered to direct the choir until we found a replacement worship pastor.
We didn't shy away from difficult music, but the choir was in flux and we were losing people, just as the church was losing people.
I found myself teaching and re-teaching the same parts over and over at every rehearsal. It was challenging and a bit frustrating. That alone, I could deal with.
However, there was one gal that sat in the front row who refused to stop talking while I was teaching the other vocal sections their parts. She wasn't quiet, either. She was rude and disruptive, so I shushed her. Several times.
She continued to talk when she shouldn't. I was mad. When I asked her to stop, she said, "Stop treating us like children." I replied, "Stop acting like one."
You can imagine how well that went over. As a talented vocalist, I didn't want to lose her, but she was really disruptive.
I visualized telling her to leave. I imagined just what I would say and how I would say it. Every scenario I ran through in my mind didn't go well. So I did what I should have done at first - I prayed about it.
"God, she's so annoying. She won't stop talking and she's being rude. Tell me what to say to her. Tell me how to get rid of her without causing mayhem."
"Be still, and know that I am God."
"Really, God? That's it?"
<Heavy sigh> "OK. I'll be still."
It went against everything in me to say nothing. It took all my faith in Him to do as He asked - to just be still. I was still and let Him be God. I let go and let God.
Do you know what happened? Completely voluntarily, she and her family left the church. They, like so many others, picked up and left.
I didn't have to say a thing. God knew what was going to happen. He knew that if I was patient, the problem would take care of itself.
Whoa. That was a huge lesson for me. "Be still, and know that I am God."
This tells me that I need to speak less and listen more.
Think about this: in a friendship, in a conversation there is give and take, there is talking and there is listening.
I've had "friends" that talk and talk and talk. I had one friend that not only talked incessantly about every little problem in his life, but then when I tried to participate in the "conversation", he'd talk over me.
Frustrating, huh? Most of us know someone like that, don't we?
Now imagine that friend you're conversing with is God. I realized that most of the time, I was that annoying, overly chatty friend that NEVER LISTENED. I felt like I had to talk and talk and talk to Him to find an answer when all I needed to do was "be still, and know that" He is God.
Listen more. Talk less. It's a great lesson to learn from the simplicity of "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!"
To God be the glory and be still. Yes. Thank you, Lord.
That is why this is my favorite quote. What's yours?
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