Roger Keck

Roger Keck is pastor of Palo Pinto Cowboy Church in Santo.

One of my favorite places to go is the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado. I seem to find a peace there. While being there about two or three weeks ago, I was reminded of something.

Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”

It sure is easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life. Every day seems to get busier than the day before it. If your anything like me, after a while the pressure seems to mount up to a level that sends my life spiraling out of control. I have to admit, prior to some much needed time off, I sure felt that way.

During my stay in the mountains I began to ask God for some peace. God just takes some of the stress off and enable me to hear from you. God begins to remind me of the verse in Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”

If I am honest, it took three days for the verse to really sink in. What I learned was that hearing from God is so much easier and so much more rewarding when I got still and cleared my mind of all the distractions. It’s amazing what we can discover when we get quiet and listen. I heard myself breathe!

Now that sounds strange because we generally take a single breath for granted. Human adults breath on average of 12-20 times a minute, or 17,000-30,000 breaths a day. It’s easy to take that for granted until you can’t breathe.

God I pray that I never take even the most common thing like a breath for granted. Thank you Lord for reminding me to be still and know that you are God, and I am not. That everything belongs to you – including my next breath.

Roger Keck is pastor of Palo Pinto County Cowboy Church in Santo.

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