A few times a year I get to drive down a
dirt track in Leakey, Texas into a canyon
and through a river bed, before arriving
at a retreat center called Laity Lodge. This
center was originally built in the early
60s, and is owned and maintained by a
foundation within H.E.B. (a Texas grocery
From the moment you hit the dirt track
your cell phone ceases to receive signal.
At first this was disconcerting. I mean,
what if someone needed to contact me?
Or I wanted to surf the Internet? Or, if I
just wanted to feel plugged in? However,
these days when I visit, I look forward to
my phone displaying “no service,” because
it means I am about to do something that
doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m going to
I have often quoted the verse found
in Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that
I am God.” However I usually quote it in
the middle of a concert…which is when I
am working! I don’t often dwell on these
words, let alone allow them to shape my
often busy life. Yet the implication is clear.
The reverse of being still is to be active.
And if being still is how God invites us to
know Him (and perhaps when He chooses
to reveal Himself to us), then to be always busy, always working, always active, might
just make it near impossible to know that
God is God.
Perhaps this is because as long as
we are working and moving, planning
and achieving, we can kid ourselves in
to believing that we are in charge, that
somehow, “God helps those who help
themselves.” But nothing could be further
from the truth! Being still, especially these
days (although I’m sure that life got just as
busy in ancient Israel!) takes a level of trust
that God will provide what we need. It is a
reminder that He is more important than
our frenetic action, or our attempts to stay
on top of things.
To be honest, this is a lesson that I
am not quick to learn! I gain a certain
level of satisfaction from getting the job
done, from staying busy. Laity Lodge and
the opportunity it brings me to unplug
and be still, reminds me that if I find my
satisfaction in anything other than the
Creator who calls me to know Him, then I
embrace a counterfeit and a lie.
I’m wondering if it’s time for my heart
and mind to become a little more “out of
range,” so to speak, and a little more still.
After all, I want to know that He is God and
remember that I am not.