Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the Nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Be still. Two small words with a huge, powerful meaning. When the storms of life rage around you how do you remain still? When you feel like you could make things better when you feel like all you want to do is fix things, how do you remain still?
For me remaining still is a matter of trusting God every day, every hour, every minute and every second. It means being still and not letting the worries of tomorrow fill my mind. It means training my mind to take every thought captive to Christ. This does not come naturally to me and it is something I work on every day. I have found recently that picking a few key verses to memorize in my time of stillness has been extremely helpful.
Being still means talking to God throughout the entire day, not just at meal times and bedtime. I have learned to talk to Him as a good friend, constantly sharing my struggles and triumphs. Many times a day I turn my storms back over to Him and trust Him that He will work ALL, not some but ALL things together for those that love him. (Romans 8:28) Being still is submitting to that still small voice that is asking you to wait, to trust, to wait on God’s perfect timing. Waiting is much easier said than done. Waiting can be one of the hardest things you have ever done. Waiting can drive you crazy, test you to your limits and at the same time mold you into the person that God is creating you to be.
Do I like the waiting? Not at all, does the waiting create character? Yes. During the waiting, it is as if I am a caterpillar in a cocoon. I cannot see the changes happening to me. I do not know how long I will be in the dark, with no light in sight, but yet, I trust my creator for His timing. If I come out too early when I think I am ready, but my wings aren’t ready, I will fall to the ground and be unsuccessful in moving forward with my life. If I patiently wait until the creator has carefully crafted my wings, painting them in vibrant colors and building their strength I will come out of my cocoon with grace, strength, and beauty like I have never seen before. I will become what I was meant to be. I will know that because I have gone through trials, through storms that I thought I could never endure, the testing of my faith will produce perseverance. Perseverance will help me become complete and lack nothing. (James 1:3-4)
The storms continue to rage all around me. Some days I feel as though I might drown, but I never do. Each time I begin to sink I see Jesus reaching out His hand to me, picking me up and He says to me “Trust me” I have two choices, I can continue flailing around in the water trying to do things in my own strength, gasping for air and nearly drowning or I can reach out my hand to Jesus and trust. Trust and be still. Trust that He knows with his infinite wisdom what is best for me. Be still as He goes behind the scenes and forms me into his beautiful creation
Be still, be still, be still.
God, I pray that today you help me to be still in the areas you have called me. I pray that in my moments of being still that you speak to me in the way that only you can. Thank you for indescribable peace and love.