‘Be still, and know that I am God’ – Familiar words but a familiar experience?

So for Christmas I was given a present from one of our members and when I opened it I was delighted to see a beautiful sponge mushroom (which now sits in our lounge in a potted plant). How odd some people might think but immediately I knew what the present meant. Not long after I arrived in Yorkshire Synod, I had a chance conversation with this member about how beautiful fungi is and when we spotted any we began to send a photo through to each other in admiration of its beauty. The conversation around them continued about our lack of knowledge about them(including which ones are edible and which are not), about how they can be there one day and not another and about their intricate beauty when you look closely. They became a symbol for us both of stopping in the busyness of life to take in this wonder of God’s creation or as the Psalmist puts it ‘Be still, and know that I am God’. Or as the Message Bible says;

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” Psalm 46.10

I don’t know how many fungi’s I might pass in a day because I am too busy and because I don’t stop to look and in doing so how I might miss what God is doing. Whilst I am sure that is the case, I have at least become someone who will look for fungi in the expected places and it has encouraged me to ‘step out of the traffic’ more and look for what God is doing in the world.

Maybe we all need to be more ‘fun guys’!

Rev Alan Crump, Minister at Knaresborough and Bilton Grange URCs

all images are the writer’s own