Be Still

God is a safe place to hide,
    ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
    courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
    the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,
    this sacred haunt of the Most High.
God lives here, the streets are safe,
    God at your service from crack of dawn.
Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten,
    but Earth does anything he says.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

Attention, all! See the marvels of God!
    He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
    breaks all the weapons across his knee.
Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
    loving look at me, your High God,
    above politics, above everything.”

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
    God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
[Psalm 46 The Message Translation]

I am being so transparent in my process. I had this simple conversation with God. It went something like this–“God you did it for this one and that.  I know that you can do the same.  It happens so commonly for people –a shift–a change. A growth step into something new! You got this!”

The scripture says in every other translation apart from this one –“BE STILL and know that I am God!” The Message says–“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me!”

So to be still you have to step out!

Step out of what?

Traffic! Clutter! Bombarding thoughts of doubt. Fear. Torment. Disappointments. Worry.  Step out of that place of frustration in your mind and bring yourself to a place to truly trust God by looking at Him.  We have to focus on how He does things and within His timing, not ours.  He is the owner of all things and above all things.

The same God that wrestled with Jacob is wrestling with you –to get you to a place where you are touched in a moment. This changes your perspective and pushes you to a realm of complete faith! We are convinced!

We can stand fearless. This is our safe place. Our safe house. When life starts to roar at us we need to step out of that noise to a quiet place with Him. 

God’s got this–I am going to step out of the traffic and learn to be still again.

It’s time to switch the lanes of my faith and take this a notch up with some hardcore trust.


About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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