God sightings

Being Still (part 2)

Thanks again to Dina Sleiman for being my guest blogger on Wednesday, and to all of you who stopped by to visit. Reading Dina’s experience reminded me that God is truly in control of all things and that if I’ll slow down and stop when He tells me to I get some much-needed rest and He gets to work without my interference.

Anytime I hear the phrase “be still” in relation to God it immediately reminds me of an incredible song by Steven Curtis Chapman called “Be Still and Know That He Is God.” It was released on his “Speechless” CD several years ago, but has such a powerful message. The first two verses are:

Be still and know that He is God

Be still and know that He is holy

Be still, o restless soul of mine

Bow before the Prince of Peace

Let the noise and clamor cease …

 

Be still and know that He is God

Be still and know that He is faithful

Consider all that He has done

Stand in awe and be amazed

And know that He will never change

Be still …

So now that the song has been echoing in my mind for a couple of weeks, I went on a You Tube search to find something I could share. Lots of people have made videos or slide shows using the song, but this one is my favorite (granted, I didn’t listen to all the videos, but you know what I mean πŸ™‚ ). It was apparently made to use during a youth retreat a few years ago, and has the most amazing photography. Take a few minutes to enjoy it and soak up some stillness to start your weekend. And if you watch the video, come back to share which of the photos is your favorite. I think mine is the one of the tremendous waves that remind me of God’s absolute power. What about you?

Monday Musings, Uncategorized

Monday Musings: Knowing God More

Casting Crowns is one of my favorite Christian bands, and has been since their first CD released a few years ago. Their lyrics are so powerful and their messages hit so close to home that nearly every song on every CD is a favorite.

The same is true of their newest release, Until the Whole World Hears, which I got for Christmas. Can you wear holes in CDs if you listen to them too much? Seems like that’s what I’m on my way to doing with this one. πŸ™‚ I loved the title track before getting the CD, but one of my absolute favorites is To Know You. It talks about how the more we know Christ, the more we want to share Him with others — partly because they need to know about Him so desperately, but partly because we can’t stop ourselves.

Here’s the chorus:

More than my next breath – More than life or death – All I’m reaching for, I live my life to know You more – I leave it all behind, You’re all that satisfies – To know You is to want to know You more – To know You is to want to know You more.

Wow. As I’m belting this out in the car (by myself or with the kids — don’t you just love to hear kids sing their hearts out to God?), I have to ask myself how true these words are for myself.Β Do I have a desire to know God more every day? Do I know Him and love Him so much that I can hardly wait to share him with others? Am I really finding my satisfaction in God andΒ God alone? Β 

Pretty heavy stuff to contemplate anytime, but especially with Ash Wednesday and Lent starting this week. Many people give something up during those 40 days — they make some kind of sacrifice — to experience a miniature version of what Christ sacrificed for us. Other people take the opposite approach and add something to their lives during those 40 days to improve their relationship with God. Maybe they decide to memorize Scripture or have more regular prayer time or start a new Bible study. I think both approaches are important and have their merits. I haven’t decided yet what I want to ‘give up,’ but I do know what I want to ‘gain’ — a deeper relationship with God. Not just for today or tomorrow or the 40 days of Lent, but for always.

To know Him is to want to know Him more. I want that to be the anthem of my life.

What about you?