Stillness…ceasing from activity…seems a funny practice to learn from a bee! Quivering, flurry-filled movement, constant query from flower-to-flower, our apiary friends whiz around the garden in buoyant whirs of wings. Their buzzing, soundings so similar to the word “busy,” is their unending refrain, a baseline reverberating that might otherwise hustle us along a haphazard, frenzied pace of garden chores and work life.
Except for the Lord’s command: Be Still.
Be-e still? A play on words possible only among English-speakers—are we prone to be the most fanatic, in need of such warning? Do we aspire to productivity beyond passion’s sustenance, causing apprehension and angst, more than other people-groups?
I don’t think I have ever noticed a bee being still, but I know it would require me to desist my desires and quiet my thoughts long enough to follow a little fuzzy flyer until he finally rested, hmmmm. Would I eventually spy the bee doing likewise as I would be, pausing among the posies, resting in the Presence?
These Days of Awe, from Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur, inspire a practice of resting and reflection. As always, I am convinced a garden is the place to go at such a time as this…well, for all time, really! Let the land buzzing with loveliness return us to God and His Word.
Cease striving and know that I am God;
Psalm 46:10 NASB
Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 TPT
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10 NKJV
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:14 NIV
Adonai will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!
Exodus 14:14 CJB
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
Exodus 14:14 NKJV
The Lord is fighting for you! So be still!
Exodus 14:14 GW
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Mark 4:39 NIV
Jesus: Be still. It is I. You have nothing to fear.
Matthew 14:27 VOICE
Prayer: O Lord, You see the whirl of work I am in; You hear the hazing headlines; and You know the chaos trying to close in. In the face of these advances, You advise me to Be Still. Release my anxiety-driven attempts to your everlasting promise, you say (Psalm 139:24). Crossover from a dead-end existence to your forever-free life, you offer (John 5:24). Bless me to stop buzzing long enough to discern how to translate this Spiritual guidance into earthy, daily life practice. May I trust You to fight on my behalf, to show me more about you, and to expect your arrival.
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