Be still and know God has things well in hand
By Gil Hanke
A few years ago, one of my colleagues in ministry gave a coffee cup to several of us. The cup is inscribed with Psalms 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” The verse matched her presentation, and it matched a need for me––and maybe for you. I have never filled that cup; it sits on the windowsill in my office where I see it dozens of times every day.
I am rarely still. I rarely disconnect. I talk to God often, but I do not spend an equal amount of time listening. Although I know that God is, in fact, God, I worry about things that are out of my control, as if God does not have all things well in hand.
Here are steps that I am taking so that I can be more in sync with this instruction from God.
- I am restricting my reading or responding to work emails and messages after I leave the office.
- I begin four out of five days a week with zoom meetings. They hold me accountable. When possible, I spend some time in silence before each of those meetings.
- I do devotions before I leave the house, and when I finish, I try to remember what I just read and what it says about God, and about my walk. I also take advantage of “thin places” where I feel particularly close to God.
- As a good Methodist, I am creating a schedule designed to make me a better listener to God. I want to let God take care of those other things that God does so well.
- Becoming a better listener does not mean I stop planning nor do I limit the amount of time I engage in acts of service.
- In fact, taking time to listen helps in both these areas.
I am not yet where I want to be. How about you?
Gil Hanke, general secretary
General Commission on UM Men