Imagine for a moment that you and your partner are headed for divorce. The "D" word has not been discussed yet, but it is a fear that both of you have. You are both feeling disconnected from each other and the sadness of that disconnect permeates everything in your lives. People around you are telling you that you two should go to counseling. They tell you to spend time studying together. They have wonderful advice, but none of it feels right. Both you and your partner desperately want to go dancing. Maybe some country line dancing with a little two-step thrown in for good measure. You both feel that what you need to reconnect is movement, fun, and intimacy of space. You ignore this desire in favor of sitting before a counselor. Frustrations mount and nothing is accomplished. The divide deepens.
Now, imagine that this is you and your Savior. You feel so far away from Him and you are grasping for anything that might bring you back into His presence. You long to dance before Him in the throne room, but you are listening to others who tell you to "be still". What does that even mean? "Be still"? How can I possibly be still before my Creator?
The first part of Psalm 46:10 tells us, "Be still, and know that I am God". The directive to "be still" comes from the Hebrew word rapha, which means to be weak, to let go, or to release. In active words, it means "to cause yourself to let go" or "to allow yourself to become weak". As you can see, being still in this context is far from being inactive. It is an active word, demanding us to "let go and let God". We are commanded to "be still" and "know". We are not commanded to freeze and feel. We are commanded to be active and trust.
Let's look at this verse and the one after:
"Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. - Selah
Go inside yourself and listen to what the LORD of hosts is desiring from you. Sitting before Him is not a bad thing; it is very good! But, it may not be what He wants right now. Is He asking you to dance with Him? Do you hear Him, saying, "All I want is to dance with my daughter!"? Is He asking you to take a walk with Him? Perhaps the God of Jacob wants you to "just be" with Him. No strings attached. Maybe a little two-step with your King is in order!
The advice of others is nice. They care and want desperately to share what worked for them. But, it is important to remember that a relationship is not a set of steps to be taken. A relationship is built on open communication. Trust what God is whispering to you. Ask Him to lead you to where you need to be (spiritually, emotionally, and physically). He might just ask you to dance!
In Hebrew, this means "our dance". It is through our dance that healing in found. Come before the throne and dance for your King!