Hold Still

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I remember the moment vividly. It was an early summer morning and dad and I were working together outside, using a wheelbarrow to haul rocks and dirt.

All of a sudden, we heard a tremendous buzz. I looked up and the sky was filled with bees–thousands of them! They were flying together like a giant morphing blob in the sky.

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Every instinct told me to run. But, sensing my fear, dad took my arm. “Hold still, son.” Sure enough, the bee swarm passed us by. It probably took a full minute for them to clear the sky!

Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

According to bible scholars, King David wrote these words while under great personal and political stress. And things had been that way for years.😬

It’s hard to be still when your life is a constant chaotic mess. Pandemonium and peace don’t necessarily mix. But stillness–somehow, some way–is a better choice.

Can you picture David as a young shepherd, sitting on a hillside watching his father’s sheep? Maybe he played his harp there and sang songs to the Lord. Or did he just listen–to the wind, and the birds, and to God?

Today, may we find the courage to hold still a minute longer. To know God, no matter what comes swarming through our lives.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.






57 responses to “Hold Still”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes. One minute can sometimes feel like forever. But we usually come out better equipped on the other side. Thank you for stopping by, friend. I know you are a very busy guy and I appreciate your time. Blessings!

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  2. Island Traveler Avatar

    Thanks for this. Sometimes, giving up is the easy when things are too much, and 1 minute seems forever.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I will check out your post. God Bless!

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  4. c.f. leach Avatar

    What a beautiful analogy! Some time ago wrote a post concerning that same text. https://rhemalogy.com/2020/07/12/be-still-and-know-2/ . Blessings and Peace!

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  5. Evidence Mutumbu Avatar

    This is very powerful

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen! Thank you for your input.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. God Bless.

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  8. Sister in Christ Avatar

    I love this! And the quote so so powerful!

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  9. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    What an inspiring post. Thanks for sharing this David. Yes, there is so much peace and power gained from simply being still and waiting to see what God will say or do!!!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Dawn. Yes, finding stillness with God is a must. It’s sometimes hard to do, but very rewarding. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  11. Dawn Avatar

    Thanks David. We do need to take time to be still. There are so many blessings in doing so. 🤗

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  12. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Thank you brother🙂

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  13. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Happy to do my part in standing firm together!

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    🙏Heavenly Father, please cover my brother Alan with your grace—like a blanket. Help him with his pain and fatigue. Sustain him by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen 🙏

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  15. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Thank you for this simple but powerful message David. As I read it this Sunday I am in the midst of a lot of pain and tiredness, it is the perfect verse and wise word brother. God bless you today.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. I am always grateful your your encouragement. God Bless.

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  17. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    I love the no matter what comes “swarming” through our lives. Perfect illustration by being still as your father instructed you averted getting a nasty sting. We can too when we are still with our Heavenly Father. Thanks, David, this is a great post!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s one of my favorites, too, Betty. Thank you for stopping by today!


  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I suppose Summer will lose some of her “Puppy-ness” as she ages and you work with her more. Yes, spring is beginning to show itself around here. Just this morning we found some daffodils in an empty flower bed.

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, my dad was the type of person who always knew what to do. A true leader. Thank you for reading and commenting, Jo. God Bless.

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  21. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    I’m glad your relationship was such that you listened to and trusted your dad, so many levels to this great analogy David!

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  22. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Adi has a pretty steady head on her shoulders so you’re right. She’d stay calm and simply look to me for her course of action. Summer on the other hand would either start dancing around in horror or even worse start leaping up trying to catch them in her mouth out of curiosity. I would like to say I’m more like Adi, but the truth is I’m much more Summer-ish than I’d care to admit. Have a great weekend David. I hope spring is starting to show herself in your neck of the woods.

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    We went to visit our sons early in the break. Got back Friday morning. Got our second shot (shingles vaccine) at a pharmacy. Achy all over and tired. Oh well, it’s better than getting the shingles. 😉

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I trusted my earthly father completely. I knew he would keep me safe. Like you said, it’s the same way with our Heavenly Father—but even better! Thank you for reading and commenting, Beth. I wonder what Adi would do if she saw a bee swarm? Listen to you, I bet!

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  25. Beth Alisan Avatar

    A profound and perfect application of that experience to Psalms 46:10 David. All I could think is that if you had run that swam would have been hot on your tail. Thank goodness for a father’s wisdom. Makes me wonder how often our heavenly Father’s “Be Still” is His hand of protection from the sting of what is passing overhead.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You said what I wanted to say better than me! Thank you for the summary. Yes, quieting ourselves before God—in times of stress—is the goal. Too blessed to be stressed!

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  27. jesusluvsall Avatar

    I have accomplished my goal of not doing much this spring break 🙂

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Truly understanding the power of God is the goal of a life time. Thanks, Matt. Spring Break is winding down. We get to enjoy just a little longer.

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  29. Pure Glory Avatar

    David, the bee swarm is a great illustration of being still and trusting. In this case your dad provided the wisdom, you listened and the bee crisis passed. When we quiet ourselves and listen to the still small voice of God, the crisis will pass. Blessings!

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  30. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Be still with a swarm be bees coming would be hard. If we truly understood the power of God and his love for us, it would make be still easier.

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Cindy. God Bless you too!

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  32. Cindy Dawson Avatar

    Love this! Blessings, David!

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Tina.


  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s a great thought! Bridget said the same thing. Frankly, I hadn’t thought about how being still and letting the Lord fight our battles work together. Thank you for chipping in. God Bless

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  35. Tina Avatar

    Very Encouraging. 🙂 Thanks David.

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  36. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you! Sounds like that worked for you and your Dad.

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  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The sound of all those bees 🐝 was amazing loud! It was certainly fear inducing. Thankfully, my dad was not easily frightened. Thanks, Pete!


  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’ve brought up a great point, Bridget. We often need to be still and let God fight for us. But that’s not the natural human response. I appreciate your thoughts!

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  39. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Your Dad was a wise man. What a great picture of staying calm under stress. I remember we had a swarm park on the corner of our church building for a few days and they invaded two of the Sunday school rooms. We left them alone and thankfully God just moved them on to somewhere else!

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  40. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, Simply B! Only God is truly in control. Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings


  41. Betty Avatar

    David, this is one of my favorite verses. It is so very comforting.

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  42. SimplyB Avatar

    As always, a timely encouraging read. For me the most difficult part of being still is letting go of my desire to control. But letting go brings peace. Because really, ” having control” is an illusion. Only God has control. Have a blessed Saturday, David

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  43. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Wow, what a scary story about the bees! But such a great reminder that we need to be still and trust God. It’s hard to be still these days, even in good times. Most of us are always on the move, doing something. And when trouble hits, we think we have to fix it asap. May we remember that God Almighty is fighting for us, if we allow Him to. Thanks for this great post, David! Blessings.

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  44. davidsdailydose Avatar

    True, Joseph. Without trials we would simply go our own way and not God’s. Thank you. God Bless


  45. ropheka Avatar

    Although it is difficult being still it is teaching us patience and trust in Jesus

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  46. BerryBunch.family Avatar

    Thankyou – super excited to click on that “Publish now” button.

    Andy B

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  47. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re most welcome, Andy B. Thank you for reading and sharing. Congrats on your new book! God Bless the Berry Bunch.


  48. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Manu! Your comments reminds me of Paul’s encouragement to be anxious for nothing, but to pray about everything. Thank you, and God Bless.

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  49. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It was scary indeed, Barb! Thankfully, we were able to crouch down beside the wheelbarrow. That colony of bees 🐝 probably wouldn’t have paid us any mind. Even if we were eating honey sandwiches. They were headed somewhere in a hurry! Thank you for sharing. God Bless.


  50. BerryBunch.family Avatar

    Such a hearty AMEN from me in your blessed and super timely words.

    God has been speaking to me, lots, about holding on just a little longer, and not to throw away my effort – because it simply doesn’t work that way in our service of the Lord.

    For me, personally, it is to do what God has asked me to do until He tells me to stop – not until I feel I’ve done enough. Because my perspective just isn’t that of God; His ways are not my ways.

    Thankyou for writing this precious post.

    Andy B

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  51. Manu Avatar

    A very encouraging word David. It is a natural tendency to scramble and do things to gain some semblance of control when life feels crazy. But as you said it takes courage to be still during those times. May we hold still at His feet knowing that He is right with us and we need not fear or worry.
    Thank you David 🙂

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  52. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Bees 🐝…wow! I would have been scared silly.

    Such a good parallel for trusting God in all things.

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  53. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed, Rainer. It’s often in the middle of chaos when we most need to take a proverbial “chill pill.”💊 I needed to hear it too. Just this morning I flipped open the book of James: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Thank you for reading and commenting, brother. I hope you have a blessed weekend.

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  54. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m a big King David fan too, tamweary. Like you said, he was a man after God’s own heart. I am happy you stopped by my little blog today! God Bless.

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  55. tamweary Avatar

    I am a King David fan!! I love just picturing him, sitting up on that hillside writing psalms/songs to God- He was after God’s Heart and so am I!!💕Thanks David

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  56. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    One of the hardest things to do when you are in the pandemonium or under attack is to be still, remembering to rest in the Lord rather than responding in our own humanity in that moment. Good post, David. I needed this reminder this morning.

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