The Gift of Being Still

Posted by Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D. in Blogs

For the first time after 36 years of marriage, Jeanne and I were blessed to be able to travel to an all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It was wonderful. Indeed, magical and transformative. It was a time of being still. We enjoyed walks along the beach holding hands, we read books side by side, we exercised together, we prayed together, we dressed up and ate meals together, we swam together, we sailed together, we talked a lot about many things, and we came to appreciate the beauty of God in that place and the beauty of God in each other.

We were blind to how busy we had become in our daily living over the last few years until we contrasted it with a time of stillness and quiet. The difference was noteworthy. In fact, it was startling. Before the trip, we found ourselves a little impatient with each other and we had come to fuss and argue a bit more than either of us would desire. We were too often working well into the night and technology was crushing us. As we departed for this trip, we made a commitment to kiss each other at least 5 times per day and we agreed to put our cell phones mostly away. Today, we are renewed and refreshed. We adjusted our daily lives and continue to appreciate the beauty in each other much more than we did before. There is restorative power in being still, taking walks, talking, eating together, holding hands, and praying together.

The words of Psalm 46:10 stand out to me, “Be Still and Know That I am God.” In stillness, we experience the beauty of God in each day and each assignment he provides. We also more clearly see the beauty of God in our spouse, our children, our friends, and our co-workers. My leadership prayer for us is that we quiet ourselves often before God and with each other that we might receive His blessing of beauty!

God bless,


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