Be Still: Lessons for When Life Gets Loud

Stuck tight in a claustrophobic space, the machine surrounding me sounds like a jack hammer.

Don't move. Don't want to blur the images.

I try to breathe evenly. It's hard to swallow. I try to be still.

I think about being trapped under rubble, the aftermath of an earthquake maybe, the rescue workers using machines to try to free me and the other victims; I think about being trapped in life, in the places that seem without hope, with no way out.

The machine's loud hammering is jarring. My heart beats fast.

Life gets loud sometimes.

A terminal diagnosis, a death in the family, unemployment, chronic illness, failed surgery, a failed relationship, failure to thrive...

It's in those times, and in the MRI machine, that I hear in my mind,

Be still and know that I am God. I don't expect you to handle this on your own. You weren't designed for that. You need only ask and I will rescue you. I will carry you through the storm.

I breathe and I pray and I know who is in control. I am so thankful to know the One who holds me and my problems; the one who holds the future. I'm so grateful to know His heart, and how good it is.

When life gets loud, be still and remember who is holding you. He is strong enough to carry you safely through the storm.

When life gets loud, be still and remember, it might be your Rescuer working to free you.


  1. Beautifully written. Just what I needed to hear.

  2. As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew it would move me. Your faith is such an inspiration to me - not sure if that is the right word but I am not the one with a gift for words. I will read this often during the next week and when I am having yet another MRI next week trapped in stillness I hope these words will echo in my head.

  3. sometimes we forget to listen for the silence in the loudness of our days. It is there, he is there, always listening, always waiting to answer our pleas. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. So beautifully said and so very true!

  5. I know what it's like to have an MRI, and I know what it's like when life gets loud. Thank you for this good devotional thought.


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