“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
Depending on how it is used, the word ‘still’ can have several different meanings. We often think of being still as meaning being motionless as in standing still. Other times, we might keep still, which means we stay quiet about a matter. We may talk about the air being still, meaning there is no breeze or a lake being still, meaning there are no waves or movement of the water. Still can mean peaceful, tranquil and calm.
In our faith, we often talk about the ‘still small voice of God,’ meaning that we may hear God ‘speak’ to us in the quiet of our heart. The Psalmist hears God as saying, “Be still, and know that I am God!”
The word ‘still’ can also be a wonderful Easter adverb or transitional word, meaning ‘nevertheless.’ In the midst of all that is happening in our own lives, in life around us and in the world, that can overwhelm us and point to hopelessness…Still, we are Easter people! When darkness, evil, injustice and fear in various forms are all around us…Still, we are Easter people!
And as Easter people, we believe as theologian Frederick Buechner has said, “The worst thing is not the last thing.” As Easter people, we believe that God overcame sin and death with the resurrection of Jesus. As Easter people, we choose to believe that love is stronger than any darkness we will ever face. As Easter people, we choose to believe that death does not have the last word and that darkness will always give way to light, because Jesus the risen Christ is the Light of the World.
In these Great 50 Days of Easter, may we make time to be still and know that God is with us and that no matter what happens in our lives or in life around us, we are still Easter people…and for that we give thanks to God!