Stop and Smell the Roses

By Karen Elliott of Eagle & Dove Ministries

October 2008

There is so much vying for our time, so much demanding our attention, so much pulling at us. Who has time to stop and smell the roses? There are too many fires to put out and too many storms to contend with. There are bills to pay, things to do, places to go, people to meet. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast out demons. What’s that you say? BE STILL? Are you serious? .
I believe the Lord was very serious when He spoke through the psalmist in Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God.” The command ‘be still’ comes from the Hebrew term ‘raphah’ meaning ‘let go’, ‘surrender’, ‘go limp’, ‘let alone’, ‘stop’. I believe the command for us here is to surrender and let go of all that keeps us from knowing Him. To surrender and let go of all that keeps us so busy in the ‘doing’. Not only is the command here to ‘be still’ but to ‘know’. We are better able to ‘know’ God when we are still, when we spend time in His Presence. We are better able to ‘be still’ in the midst of the storms and turmoils, when we know’ Him.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3

In order for us to stand in the days ahead and to help others stand, as children of God we must know Him and trust His great love, mercy and kindness. We must believe in His goodness towards us and His unsurpassing power. Our job is to lean on Him. Lean into His breast, listen to His heartbeat, come into the place of abiding in Him and then, from this place of abiding we will hear clearly what to do, where to go and how to get there. We will go about our business and the business of the Kingdom from a place of peace and from a place of rest.

In these days of uncertainty in the world and in the church, there is ample opportunity for us to be easily shaken and so we must take our refuge in the Lord’s most wonderful Presence. Here we will smell the beautiful fragrance of the ‘Rose’.

Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

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