A Quiet Heart
There is something important we can learn from the way of a mother with a young child who is frightened. The response of a young child to fear is not a whimper, but a wail. The mother’s response is not casual or indifferent, but one that is instant and intense. Love moves into action, not with explanations or reasoning, but with everything in its power to quiet, to comfort, and to reassure. The arms of the mother’s embrace speak louder than any words the child could hear in that moment of fear.
The mother’s voice is also soothing and quieting, “Shh, it’s okay…mommy’s here. It’s okay.” These words are all the child needs to know. Her gentle words bring the assurance that helps the child to believe, “I can begin to quiet myself because mommy is here and I am in her arms.”
The words God speaks in Psalm 46:10-11 can be likened to the words of a caring mother to her fearful child. The language is simple, the words are few, the impact is instant, the result is profound. His words tell us all we need to know to settle us, still our fears, quiet our hearts, and reassure us when we hear, “Be still, calm down, release all your concerns, quiet your heart, it’s okay, I am here and you are safe in the shelter of My arms.
Be still, and know that I am God… The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11 NKJV