Be Still … Still a Challenge

CalmBeStillToday’s Throwback Thursday is “Be Still” from the 2009 project LOVE WAS HERE FIRST. Because … if you’ve had a week like mine, you might need to hear it as much as I do!

Here’s a bit of background on the song, from an interview I did around the time I recorded it:

One song that means a lot to me is “Be Still.” The bridge says:

Oh how I need a vacation
‘Cause it’s so exhausting pretending I’m God
There would be much less frustration
If I would let you do your job

In his book on prayer, Philip Yancey notes that the Latin imperative for the phrase “be still” is “vacate.” So when God tells us to “be still” in Psalm 46:10, he’s literally asking us to take a vacation from being God for a while and let him do it. What I’ve been learning this past year is that as tiring as a demanding schedule can be, there is a “soul exhaustion” that goes way deeper—and it develops every time I think it’s up to me to make everything turn out all right. When I’ve found myself “white-knuckling” life, that song has really helped.

Here’s a live version of the song, from 2012:


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