Recently, the Lord has been saying to me, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Sounds sort of sweet, sort of trite. But the God who wants me to know him has shown me that the Hebrew word usually translated “be still” is not the word for resting quietly. Rather, it’s the word for a decisive letting go, or an abrupt cessation, of something strenuous that you were doing. One picture that comes to mind: suddenly releasing a tug-of-war rope.
Some English translations try to capture this meaning:
“Desist, and learn that I am God, supreme over the nations, supreme over the earth.” (CJB)
“Cease striving [Or, Let go, relax] and know that I am God …” (NASU)
“Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God …” (GW)
“‘Stop fighting,’ he says, ‘and know that I am God …’” (GNT)
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God …” (MSG)
One tug-of-war rope which I’m decisively letting go in this season is named enmeshment – a counterfeit for intimacy that wreaks havoc with identity and boundaries. How I got enmeshed in enmeshment, I don’t yet understand, but its destruction in my life, I clearly see.
Identities, like snowflakes, are unique. The creator God gave every person a custom-tailored, one-of-a-kind, identity to embrace and to live to the fullest in Christ Jesus. Your identity – yes, yours – is exquisite, a masterpiece!
Identities, like toothbrushes, are not to be shared. Ever. They cannot be shared successfully. When we try, we do not gain the identity we’re trying to assume. Instead, we start a tug-of war that no one wins. Wherever enmeshment encroaches – wherever identities and boundaries get confused – everyone involved is diminished and hindered from becoming who they were created to be.
Dearly loved of God, I bless you in the name of your Creator and Redeemer with seeing any places that enmeshment has encroached into your life and relationships. Be blessed to: Desist! Cease! Stop! Let go! Even if it’s a matter of others trying to latch onto your identity, something in you has allowed it. Whichever end of the rope you’re holding, release it! Step away from the confusion and exertion. Be still.
Be blessed to take a long, loving look at God and, in him, to become the masterpiece you are.