I’M NOT VERY GOOD AT BEING STILL

I’m not very good at being still. In fact, I’m a big believer in the old phrase, “Don’t just stand there, do something.” I don’t think it’s just me, because we all have become a society of very busy people. Our schedules are packed and our time has become a premium. We are an on-the-go people who don’t believe in wasting time for anything.
Sadly, I find myself not slowing down long enough to see or hear God. I don’t like to be still, and come to think of it, being quiet makes me uncomfortable.
I was recently reading Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” And it hit me, is it possible that being still is required in knowing and seeing God?
Maybe I need to stop more often, just to hear the birds sing. Maybe I need to “waste some time” watching the sunrise or set. Maybe I need to turn off the background noise of a TV or radio, and just listen, as I read God’s word or pray. And maybe, just maybe, instead of being a “Don’t just stand there, do something,” type person, I can turn it around and become a “Don’t do something, just stand there for a while,” type person.
Have I mentioned that I’m not very good at being still?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Brian says:

    Trey – great post. I am like you when it comes to being still and listening. I ran across a great illustration years ago – you can read the post here http://clayinthehands.com/2009/04/23/be-still-and-listen/

  2. Janice Garrison says:

    Color me guilty! It is a bit disheartening when I realize that about myself. I wonder if it has to do with the saying we grew up with, “Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop”. I think I have more of a problem with just being in silence.

  3. Amy says:

    Trey: A good friend of my once said that I needed just sit after I pray and listen. Just to see what God impresses on my mind. Being still is hard but goodness, we are missing out on listening when we are not still. I am still working on it. Thanks for the thoughts.

  4. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:

    Needed that today brother! I have got to learn how to stop and smell the roses severy once in a while! Thanks!

  5. jel says:

    I'm guilty of being too still, and quite, or so I have been told!

  6. Stoogelover says:

    There is value in both. The trick is knowing when to stand still and when to move forward. When we moved to Southern California I was determined not to get caught up in the pace of life out here. I think I was fairly successful. In this present business, we often have to move faster than I like.

  7. Jenn says:

    This is probably my favorite scripture. It doesn't just speak to me about being busy and the need to slow down, though. During the roughest times, it is a reminder to me that I can try to function while gnashing my teeth and complaining or allowing my grief or fear to overwhelm me, but that isn't what I need to do. I need to calm down and let God handle it for me. Those times that I have done just that and turned it over to Him, I have healed faster, learned more, and grown stronger. Sometimes I even tell myself that what He is saying is "Would you just be quiet for a minute and let me handle this for you? I know what to do!"

  8. Anonymous says:

    Being calm on days is good.

  9. Bobbie says:

    All you Rolling Plains and Caprock people have a nearby quiet place waiting for you to "be still and listen" with spiritual disciplines many centuries old:

    http://www.osbcanyontx.org

    I'd stay there when I visited my now-deceased aunt in Amarillo.
    P.S. Being still doesn't necessarily mean "not physically moving" but definitely includes LOTS of silence.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian .. loved that post of yours and I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the comment.

    Janice – I've heard that phrase, but not in a long time.

    Amy – Me too.

    Preston – Been missing you. Come around every now and then :)

    Jenn – Much, much wisdom in your words.

  11. Jerilynn says:

    Trey – Could you please leave Lea's e-mail address on my main blog. I tried the one you gave me and it doesn't seem to be working. I just found the message you left me on a blog I don't really use anymore. I am so sorry that I didn't see it. Please visit me at my main blog: http://www.thehedgerfamily.blogspot.com
    I typed Lea an e-mail and it bounced back to me.
    Jerilynn

  12. Anonymous says:

    Trey~ Matthew West has a great song called "Stop the World" which speaks to this very challenge. It convicts me every time– along with Psalm 46:10, of course! :-)

    Sherry Hubright

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