I was honored and very humbled to be asked to review the short film, Be Still, by Lisa Chan- the first in the devotional film series called True Beauty. Lisa's husband Francis Chan, is a best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and host of the BASIC series. They are a couple hungry for the Lord and seeking His glory in their marriage, in parenthood, and in their individual walks.
The film was right on point for me in this season of my life. Lisa opens with asking if we have been still lately? Hushed, subdued, soft, and free from disturbance. Many women would say "yes I have been still. Still while sitting in front of the TV after a crazy day at work" or "still while catching up on my favorite gossip websites." The stillness Lisa is talking about is being still before God. Coming into His presence and listening to Him. To most, it seems impossible and unattainable. I feel like as I get older, my life gets busier. Good busy because being busy means I have a job, social life, etc. But sometimes I stretch myself too thin. I am constantly overwhelmed by housework, laundry, trying to decorate our new house, coming up with new recipes for dinner parties, traveling for work, taking pictures for my blog. And sometimes God does not fit into that equation. And I can physically and emotionally feel that strain because I am not with Him. What's crazy is that Lisa talks about women who are so caught up in church on Sundays, bible studies, worship, and volunteering that they too are lacking that alone time with God. Just the two of you.
The story in Luke 10:38 is discussed in the film and how the two sisters Mary and Martha chose to do different things when in Jesus' presence. Mary was at the feet of God and Martha was rushing around like a mad woman trying to prepare for His coming. Jesus says, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things...Mary has chosen what is best for her and will not be taken away". Martha chose worldly things and Mary chose Jesus.
The beautiful (and comforting) thing is that we have access to the same Jesus every single day. I love that song by Jesus Culture, "You stay the same through the ages, Your love never changes". I remind myself that the Lord is the same from Genesis to Revelations and today and tomorrow. We are the ones that need to make that effort. It is impossible to truly know God without being still. Sitting at his feet, spending time in prayer. He will reveal Himself to you, His true character and love for you. With Christ, we can overcome our fears and our sin and we can find rest.
Lisa gave encouragement on not letting the distractions of the passing world get to you. Not to let Satan have victory over you. And reassuring that knowing God is our highest calling in life.
This film has helped me reevaluate the time I spent still with the Lord. Last night, I read my daily scripture (Jon and I are currently reading the bible with a guide) and spent time in 1 Samuel. When I finished the assigned chapters, I could have easily jumped right on my to do list...vacuum, water plants, bake cookies...but instead, I was still with the Lord. I went into our dining room and let the evening sun shine through the shades. I sat in silence and reflected on the stories of temptation in 1 Samuel. I felt myself taking long, deep breaths and surrendering my body and mind to God. I ask for your prayers that I can make this sacred and special time with the Lord a priority in my life. And I pray that you too, can be still and know that our God is with you.
"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10