To Be Or Not To Be

Are you okay to just be?

Be.“You buzzed? Is everything alright?” the nurse asked.

“Yes,” I said, “I was just wondering why you haven’t brought my baby in yet.”

“Well, she’s sleeping. You don’t want me to wake her, do you? It’s 3am, why don’t you get some rest.”

This was my first baby and I was so excited to just hold her.  I had heard how babies never slept through the night as newborns and so I was sure the nurse was holding out on me, keeping my baby away so I would have time to rest. And that would be a logical assumption considering I had just delivered my sweet baby less than 24 hours ago. I know, silly me, I should have cherished the rest. But I just wanted to be with my baby so much! I was the same way when my second child was born.

My love for these precious newborn babies knew no bounds. Even though they were completely helpless, ever so demanding and didn’t make any real contributions to the family, I still loved them so much.  I simply loved them for “being”.

In a world that places so much value on “doing” it is so hard to appreciate the joy of “being” – like the joy of being uniquely created by God and the joy of being still in His presence.

Do you believe it is possible to be loved and valued by God even if you weren’t able to contribute one meaningful thing to this world?

Pause before you answer. Think about it for a minute. Really search your soul on this one.

The answer is absolutely yes! God is love. He created you just to love you. And He simply wants you to love Him. Of course, He has other things for you to do here, but that doesn’t make you any more lovable or valuable. Intellectually you may agree with me, you may say, “Yes, of course!” But is that how you feel in your heart? Or do you struggle, like I have, with being okay with just being?

That is one of the challenges to the practice of the spiritual discipline of stillness, silence and solitude. It feels so unproductive.  Shouldn’t we be doing something? We should at least be praying or praising. Why? Why is it not okay to just be before God and let Him love us, to let Him speak to our souls in that stillness? God loves us in the same way that we love a newborn, not for the great thoughts they think, or what they can contribute or do, but for just being.  Maybe that is why, in scripture, He is continually encouraging us to be like children.

I decided to use a scripture verse as a way to bring my mind back to a place of quiet during my time of stillness with the Lord.  Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God, seemed perfect to me.

It starts with be. It’s a good place to start. Just be.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Psalm 139:13

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One Response to To Be Or Not To Be

  1. Sharon says:

    Awesome, Lynne.

    I also remember those first hours with my newborns. And yes, there was tremendous joy in the newness of their “being.” We can learn much from those moments.

    Do I think it is possible to be loved and valued by God even if I can’t contribute one meaningful thing to this world?


    And here are my thoughts on that. For one, though I was not worthy of Christ’s sacrifice (I had not EARNED it and never could) – He deemed me eminently worthwhile to die for (that is LOVE). He first loved us while we were still sinners – though we brought NOTHING to the table, so to speak.

    Second, God does not love and value me for my contributions. My value is based on HIS love, and HE deems me valuable. And He is the One who determines my *contribution* to this world. Sometimes I wonder what we really accomplish when we stand strong in faith. As I have said before, there is another spiritual world in which we may be “contributing” much more to the battle than we realize.

    Another novel here – sorry. This was a post that made me ponder…

    YOU are a treasure – to God, certainly, and to me, too!


    “In quietness and confidence is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

    (p.s. The picture reminded me of Sesame Street – I remember one time when they were teaching about the letter “B” – and sang a song called “Letter B” – sung to the Beatles’ tune, “Let It Be” – great, now that song’s going to be playing in my head all night…)

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