I am a man that rarely sits still. People enjoy commenting how on Wednesday night at St. Matthew’s when we are eating, I never stop moving. I’m up, I’m down. I walk across the room, talking, laughing, visiting. I enjoy that and it’s just kind of how I’m wired.
But I have that in my personality where I’m always moving. And that’s not always a good thing. The Bible tells us to be still and know that He is God. It’s good for me, and for all of us that are too busy nowadays to know the truth of calmness. Listen to Psalm 131 today:
1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.
It’s so easy to occupy ourselves with the great and the marvelous. It’s so easy to focus on the things that we don’t understand. To ponder the mysteries. To become overwhelmed by the tragedies. To try to understand the ununderstandable.
To be discontented. That’s normally where I am. That’s where I wind up a lot.
The Psalm tells us this truth: Hope in the Lord, this time and forevermore.
When you don’t know. Hope in Him.
When you are worried. Hope in Him.
When you are overwhelmed. Hope in Him.
When you can’t find peace, can’t leave well enough alone, can’t be satisfied, can’t sit still (literally or metaphorically), hope in Him.
The mysteries may never be answered. The questions may remain. The doubts may pop up. The worries may linger. The pain may not be understood.
But God is good. And His mercy endures forever. Hope in Him.
And in that hope, we find our calm.
In our God, we find the calmness we find nowhere else. Hope in Him.