Now We Know
“Be still, and know that I am God!” – Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
We pride ourselves on being people of action.
Consequently, in pre-Covid times, our calendars and schedules were filled, sometimes beyond capacity, with activities and meetings and travel and events and business that kept us constantly on the go, day in and day out. Many of us were consumed with so much activity that we hardly realized how overwhelmed we were by our uber-active lifestyles.
But then the onslaught of Covid-19 brought about a drastic change. So many of our activities, events and travel, brought to a screeching halt. And for the first time in recent history, America and the world have been compelled to ‘Be Still’.
There are certain things we cannot learn in the constant rush of busyness. There are certain insights that elude us in our preoccupations with physical motion. There are certain truths that escape our attention in the madness of always having to be somewhere and always having to do something.
While we remain relatively “still” during this prolonged Covid quarantine, the pressing question is: What do we as a nation know now that we didn’t know before?
Now we know that there must be greater dialogue between politics, religion, and science.
Now we know that a federal government that places profits over people is untenable.
Now we know that baseless claims aimed at undermining our governmental institutions have violent consequences.
Now we know that our inner spaces demand as much cultivation as our outer spaces.
And hopefully, prayerfully, now we know that life, death, and life beyond the grave are in the hands of God and God alone.
Lord, now that you have our full attention, teach us all that we need to know and help us to take heed. Amen.
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.