scripture sunday: sink and know

sink and know

Caribbean Sea, Jeremie, Haiti

“Cease striving and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:10 (NASB)

“The word we read as cease is sometimes read be still, let go, return. But the first way, the original way, is a verb that means sink.” ~Emily P. Freeman in A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

From the Blue Letter Bible, the Hebrew word is raphah, and includes meanings like sink, relax, sink down, and drop as well as other words like abandon. In the KJV, it’s sometimes translated as fail.

“Fail and know that I am God,” ~Emily P. Freeman

Several of our 2012 Haiti team navigated the rigorous and rocky descent (with the help of local Haitian family members who scramble up and down with ease) to the water below our guest house. A couple of our crazy men forsook fear and threw themselves with abandon into the sea. I took this video.

Sinking still,


Jumping Tandem


    • says

      What we think of as failing may be just a way of reminding us we’re not in control. And wasn’t it Edison who said something like, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 1000 ways that don’t work.”

      I’m so pleased with this new home. I’m glad you like it, too.

  1. says

    These words, “sink or abandon”, inscribe a deeper meaning to the word trust. Thanks for sharing the scene from your trip to Haiti. I’m visiting from Sunday Community.

  2. says

    Looks like a lot of fun…and a wonderful place to be. So glad the Lord took you there, and shared your heart with so many. I would LOVE to be there, too, but, oh, well…

    Always good to see you.

  3. says

    I don’t know whether to think these guys brave or foolish. :) But, so enlightened by the new take on “Be still”as meaning “sink.” Definitely will reflect on this one.
    Blessings, Sandy!