Be Still and Know That I Am God – A Prayer by Jack Watts


It so easy to live my life each day,
Never taking the time to pay attention
To all that You have done for me.
I haven’t disregarded You purposefully,
But I don’t make You a priority either.

Then, when everything unravels, when nothing works
And everything that can go wrong consistently does,
My focus toward You becomes instantaneous,
And I immediately regret my wandering attention.
I become panicked, as I beg You to “fix” my problems,
Fearful my world will completely collapse.

As I call upon You from the depth of my being,
I hear Your voice, which gently but firmly tells me,
To be still and know that You are God, Almighty.
I know this should give me confidence—
That I should cease from my fretting and worry—
But that’s not what happens at all.
Such self-confidence has never been my experience.

Instead, I become more insistent and demanding than ever,
Begging, whining, moaning, and beseeching—
Anything to get Your attention, as I demand insist relief.
But no matter what I do or how animated my flailing becomes,
Your answer never changes—not even a little.
As I sit in solitude, in moments when all is quiet,
Your voice becomes clear, always reminding me,
To be still and know that You are God, and I am not.

If I were stronger, I would cease from striving,
But it isn’t in my nature to trust so easily.
I wish that was my way, but I know it is not.
I want to learn patience, but that isn’t achieved
Until I’ve exhausted myself with worry and hand wringing.

Finally, when I am completely spent and can no longer
Muster fretful complaints, I bow my knee, as I should have earlier
And submit to the small quiet voice that has never ceased to say,
Be still and know that I am here for you—
That I am God, Almighty.

— Jack Watts


Picture by Luigi Pagano “Sacred Heart Catholic Church” Virginia.


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Be Still and Know That I Am God – A Prayer by Jack Watts

  1. Donna Richardson says:

    So glad you didn’t forget about us! This is my favorite verse of all the verses in the Bible! Rest assured that you are still and will continue to remember you in my prayers and rosary.

    Blessings as Always~
    Gene & Donna Richardson

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