By Harold Martin

Cold Stillness

 January has been here and is still with us.  That is a time reference.  Now, what if I said that this year was a still month?  The word that I am considering is “still”.  In my Bible’s concordance “still” is used both as adjectives and as verbs.  Psalm 46:10 reads with “still” as an adjective.—be still and know that I am God!”  In that context “still” could feel like an order that would simply mean “shut up and listen for a change!”  Not bad advice sometimes.

Let’s play with changing the meaning a bit by hearing another verse of scripture from Psalm 107:29.  “He made the storm be still and the waves of the sea were hushed.”  Here “still” refers to a quieting down.  It is the condition of quietness.  In the midst of a valued discussion someone might say “What do you think?”  I respond “I don’t know, my brain is still not working”.

In the Gospel of Mark 4:39-40 the word “still” appears twice with two very different meanings  Jesus has been sleeping in a boat with the disciples when a storm came up.  He speaks to nature and then to the fear of his friends.

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!

“Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?”

“Peace be still!  Still no faith!”

Even in the cold of winter, the love of Jesus still lives in the warm hearts of His people.  Thanks be to God.