Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/24/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Chanute: First UMC
Parsons District
Chanute: Otterbein UMC
Parsons District
Cherryvale UMC
Thayer UMC
Parsons District
Coffeyville: Trinity UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 46:10 

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.”

Today's Devotional

While away from Emporia for the summer in St. Louis, Missouri. I took out time, no matter how little it is, just to stay away from the busy schedule of coding. In several occasions, I deliberately sat still in a chair down at the lobby. Sometimes just pondering on life issues. But on most occasions, I took the liberty to read a book as I’m accustomed to. One of them is a book edited by Nancy Guthrie, titled “Be Still, My Soul.” I didn’t realize how hard it was to be still, not to be busy, not to do anything but sit and listen to one’s thought while reflecting on life issues. Man, that was hard!

It’s harder than life- to think about life in the silence of one’s soul. To replay the happenings, just like playing back the scenes in a movie or repeating a song over and over again. But what makes it hard is not the repetition none is it the time it takes to process those thoughts. It is the thought of “I should be working rather than sitting here and listening to myself”- breaking that barrier that makes one think that being still is inactive, that it is laziness, it’s waste of time; that my friend is hard. Perhaps, even harder than life.  

How often we get caught up in the many busy activities of life, speeding on an 80 mph, breezing through life and never finding the time to stop for a moment, just to be still and learn from that stillness what life is and how best to approach life challenges. Nancy’s book is an eye-opener. As she presented stories from people’s life and scriptures, how often God uses our challenges in life to mold us into someone strong, faithful, and to depend more on Him. But more importantly, she mentions on many occasions the need God’s children to be still and wait on God rather than worrying.

So, I’ve come to learn a lot about myself and life during the time I took out to be still and just listen to my thought. And in that stillness, I’ve had an encounter with God, as He speaks to my heart about life through the events of the past to teach me life lessons for the future.

God is in our stillness. And perhaps, He’s much in it than in our getting busy all the time. To Mary who was willing to sit and be still in His presence, He said: “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42)– that part of listening to God and have Him speak to our hearts in the very stillness of our soul.

-Daniel Agbaji
Emporia State Campus Ministry

Prayer for Reflection

Therefore, I’ve resolved in my heart to deliberately take the time out just to listen to Him in the stillness of my soul and to learn from Him life great lessons only He can teach when I’m still.

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