Let’s take a poll –
How many of you want to live your best life?
Now, how many of you want to live a junky life? a life filled with drama and anxiety and weight pressing in?
Yeah, you see what I did there? No one wants to live the junky bits, and that’s real. That’s reasonable.
We were made for walking through hard stuff. God gave us resilience and energy, tenacity, and one another to shore us up for this life journey. But we were also made to push against the hard stuff, to know it isn’t all there is and it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
I think that’s why Be Still speaks to us so clearly.
We want, rightfully so,
everything to be a little bit easier.
Being still is hard to do, why?
Because people from ages 6-96 sit with this question every day:
Why does a God who loves us so much let us suffer? Why does it seem like evil is winning most days? How can I get to my best life, the best version of myself, with so much stacked against me?
In the end, when we try to Be Still, our minds boil every struggle down to this question:
What in the world does God want from us that life is so gosh darn hard?
In Psalm 46:10 when we look closer, we find the answer. It’s not an easy answer, but it certainly simplifies things:
God doesn’t need anything from us.
God has no needs.
He just wants to know us.
Sit in that for a moment. Sit in that reality of worth and relationship and honor.
God wants to know you. He wants to hang out. He wants to forgive. He wants to put broken pieces back together. He wants to converse and lolly-gag and hold tight.
In the end, Be Still is less about me showing up and doing something right, and more about letting God in. Our best life is a life lived with God, knowing Jesus, and being known by Him.