Be Still: A Poem

Hello, dear readers!

Has life been crazy for you too? I’ve had so many things vying for my attention these past few weeks that it’s hard to find time to simply breathe. When life gets this busy, it’s so easy to let my priorities become scrambled. Instead of focusing on what truly matters, I feel like I always have to be moving on to the next task.

But the truth is, taking time to pray, to read the Bible, and to just be still will replenish both me and you so we’re capable of tackling everything clamoring to get done–even if it seems like that time could be spent checking items off the to-do list.

The pressure I’ve placed on myself to race ahead, to accomplish impressive tasks left and right, is partially what inspired this poem. Productivity isn’t the measure of someone’s worth, and remembering who we are will allow us to be more effective throughout our days.

I hope this poem whispers those truths to you today.

Be Still

Coiled deep within my chest, 
A frantic rhythm moves,
Pushing and hammering me,
Goading that I must prove.

“Do, do, do.”

Only action has value,
Life worth living only if harried,
If you yearn to mean something,
Linger not, and never tarry.

More, more, more.

Exhausted of the hum to achieve,
And weary of the infinite race
To hit the next pyrite level
At a staccato pace.


But when I pause,
I hear a voice
So vast and old and gentle,
Offering a different choice.

Be still, still,  s t i l l.

A heartbeat, not a hum, 
An invitation, not a pressure
To slow my striving tempo,
Remember what to treasure.

Be still… still… still….

The quiet rings with who I am,
That I am loved, whole, my holy Father’s.
The silence stills my mental roar,
Bringing calm to mind’s waters. 

Be still and know,

I enjoyed taking creative risks with this poem, allowing myself the freedom to break conventional writing rules in order to convey a distinct feel. It was a stretch for my inner Grammar Warden (because being a Grammar Warden sounds far more epic than being a Grammar Police), but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

-Psalm 46:10

How has life been treating you lately? What have you been doing to re-center yourself? I’d love to hear from you.

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