The Trumpet Sounds: ‘Learning to be still’

By Barry Pettit - Religion Writer

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble being still. I’ve always been a person on the move. I’ve always been active daily with other people. Years ago, as an athlete there wasn’t a day that I wasn’t practicing basketball or running. In these times of confinement I’ve found myself in a different place than I have ever been in life.

Maybe, just maybe you have found yourself there too. After all, for such a long time we have lived in such a fast paced society where everyone has felt like they have no time. Our culture has been moving faster and further than it has ever done before. We have gone from looking up information in libraries to clicking a button and doing a search on Google. Cars are faster, technology is faster, and life itself has become faster. But is faster better? Is living life at an overwhelming rate healthy? I think we would all say “no.”

I’ve wondered what we all can learn in this difficult time. Is there a message that God has for us all in this rat race of a world? I believe yes there is. God is teaching us to learn to be still. In Psalm 46:10 it says “Be still and know that I am God.” In the Hebrew the phrase “be still, and know” is plural meaning God is speaking these words to the nations, among whom he will eventually be exalted. It is in times of “stillness” that God often more realized and exalted.

Often on the move life is about “Me” instead of “He.” It’s about “my way” instead of “Yahweh.” My day is filled with goals that I need to accomplish and many tasks that have to get done. We are often moving about as such a fast pace that we seldom have time to stop. Maybe that is why God has let this happen? Maybe God had to make things stop with us so we could begin again with Him? Maybe this is a divine interruption that we all need to pay attention to?

I don’t know about you, but I’m learning to be still. I’m learning to stop. I’m learning a different pace to life. My hope is that we come out of this that we all have a better balance to life, and that we all will continue to be still and know that He is God. We invite you join us this Sunday at 10:45 for our worship service online. Pastor Todd will be giving a message in our series “Uncertain.” Be sure to watch us at 10:45 at, or on our Facebook page. God bless you as you learn to “be still.”

In Christ,

Barry Pettit

Lead Pastor

South Side Church of Christ

By Barry Pettit

Religion Writer