The Gifts of Stillness and Silence

Sunset Be Still

The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation. – Psalm 118:14 (NKJV)

One of my favorite places is a beach. Any beach will do. A beach with friends and family is even better. A beach at sunset is paradise.

There’s something about a sunset that requires no words. It’s breathtaking all on its own. As a friend of mine remarked, “Sometimes, there’s nothing that needs to be said.” Just be still and enjoy.

How timely that after watching a glorious sunset the night before, my Scripture reading the next morning took me to Psalm 118. The words from verse 14 echo those of Exodus 15, the song of Moses after the Lord delivered Israel from the Egyptians.

All Israel could do was “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13). God didn’t tell them to fight or try to save themselves. He would take care of that. They were just to step back and enjoy a front row seat, watching God work powerfully on their behalf.

Today, I’d like to share a short prayer from my unedited journal in the hopes that you’ll be encouraged to make moments for yourself this week to be still before God and rest in His strength.

Set aside your worries and fears. Have faith that God will work on your behalf. And watch what He’ll do.


Jan 31

The Lord is my strength and my song.

Dear God, forgive me when I try to do life in my own strength. Everything you’ve called me to do is a gift entrusted to me for my good, not my worry. I am to be a good steward of it.

Help me be still and know that you are God. Just as when I watch the sunset, silence is all that needs to be said, so in my life, there are times I need to be still. Leave off struggling. And rest in you.

Because You live, I can face tomorrow. I know you hold my life, my future in Your hands.

~ Kristen


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