It was Tuesday night, my wife just found out that her manager had been let go, and that her mom was going into surgery Friday. My dad had just called to let me know my mom was in the ER, and I received a text from my cousin that said she was coming into town that night instead of the following day.

As I was driving to the Barcott’s to teach the middle-schoolers, the lesson I had prepared was lost by the sudden storm of events. When I pulled up to their house, this phrase rose to surface of my troubled mind,

“Be still and know that I am God.”

That night I gathered the kids into a circle and told them to spend two minutes in complete silence. The breeze was cool and refreshing. The sky clear. The leaves in the tree above us stirred and rustled. After the two minutes, I explained my day and quoted Psalm 46:10. They then shared their own troubles, and then we prayed for one another.

When you are going through hard times or just hectic times, I encourage you to take a moment to be still. Read Psalm 46 and know that God is in control.