This morning, one of the verses in my devotional was Psalm 46:10. The reference was familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite come up with the words, so I picked up my compact Bible with the very tiny print and flipped to the middle to find it.
The verse WAS familiar, but the version…the words used…were not and they captured my attention.
You may know and can easily quote the verse, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” At least, that’s how I’d always heard it. In fact, at one time I had bought a wall decal and slapped the verse in my office as a constant reminder.
But, this particular wording was different.
The words “Be still,” were traded for “stop fighting”.
Stop your fighting—and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth. Psalm 46:10 (Holman Christian Standard Version)
Those two words, stop fighting, intrigued me. At first, I thought of literal “fighting”…like what Rocky did and kids do on playgrounds.
Then, my thoughts drifted to the more symbolic synonyms of the word. I searched other versions and even found the word “striving”.
That’s when the light bulb began to flicker.
I began to think of all the things I was “striving” for and “fighting” for…mostly things that I wanted McDonald’s style…”My Way…Today.”
Then, I began to think of the Ranch and our kids.
They don’t seem to “strive” or “fight”…unless it’s to succeed at something new in the arena or in the classroom. Most of them have extreme challenges in life, but many never cease to wear a smile.
Even volunteers, teachers, parents and guardians seem to stop “striving” when they walk through our large front door. It may have something to do with the pace of our horses…slow and steady…but I believe it’s something deeper.
We’ve always said, even since the days of “Mrs. P.”, “God dwells here” at the Ranch. That’s what we “strive” to keep and not “mess up”. His Holy Presence permeating the very walls, nooks, crannies…even the dust…that creates the physical existence of Runnin’ WJ Ranch.
Since He calls us to “Stop fighting” and know He is God and He dwells at the Ranch, it’s like an automatic obedience to His words takes place once feet step over the threshold.
This place “commands” Be still…stop fighting… look into the eyes of those kids on their horses…catch the joy written on their faces…smile back…forget your grocery list…your bills…your to-do novel…your self…
and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.