Be still and…

You know that feeling when the electricity cuts out unexpectedly. Your plunged into sudden darkness. As a child, alone in your room, your first instinct might be to cry out “Mom! Dad!” — maybe even God… Was He really watching? Paying attention? Had He turned His face away or shut His eyes? That’s the thing about being mortal — we can’t see in the dark. But God can.

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I know you’ve been there where we are — on the verge of giving up, on the edge of uncertainty, on the cusp of something big. You’re tempted to run helter-skelter. You’re doing your best, but getting no where.

And then you recall a verse, Psalm 46:10…

Slowing these words down, pondering each one as it comes in itself can bring peace to the rocking of our world because it is the eternal word of the Lord and has power in itself to breathe peace into our souls.

There’s something to know in being still.

God is God and He will be exalted in the event unfolding before me. For me, that point of knowing that God is, and will be exalted as God, has become a reminder to stop and listen, to look and understand, to wait and witness to the moving of God’s power and presence in our lives.

What we are discovering every day in moments of being still before God is this: the satisfying and sufficient miracle we seek is full surrender to Him personally, in prayer.

God’s people normally equate miracles with specific answers to prayer — the timing and changing of events to meet the challenge of the moment and change it into something good. But what we’ve learned is simply getting answers may or may not reinforce and amplify the heart-beat of joy, hope and faith in our lives. Those three blessed realities don’t necessarily follow comfort or coalescence of circumstances, if the heart isn’t surrendered to our Savior and God.

So, my heart asks, “What is that next right thing to do?” “How are we going to get through this?” The answer from the Lord Jesus is always first, “Surrender this moment to Me — My sovereignty and love. Be still…listen…see…know…”

As I write this it’s early in the morning of another night of lost sleep — sleep displaced by coughing and working to breathe. These days are days of increasing struggle with advancing IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). As the disease advances into the “Valley of the Shadow,” the moments multiply when we are tempted to panic and despair. But God has our hearts and so we turn to Him, and trust — waiting, listening, seeing, knowing He’s got this thing and will see us through this moment.

Like Mary of Bethany, we choose the better part of the crushing moment — not the lifting of the burden, but surrender to the only One who can do the lifting. Please join us in your moments like this to be still and sit at the feet of Jesus in full surrender to who He is in infinite love and sovereignty over all things in heaven and earth.

Additional Resources:

Definitions (Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary):

  • “Helter-skelter.” Confusedly hurried, marked by a lack of order or plan. British term for a spiral (downward) slide around a tower at an amusement park.
  • “Coalescence.” Coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait Coalesce unites the prefix co- (“together”) and the Latin verb alescere, meaning “to grow.” (The words adolescent and adult also grew from alescere.) Coalesce, which first appeared in English in the mid-16th century, is one of a number of verbs in English (along with mix, commingle, merge, and amalgamate) that refer to the act of combining parts into a whole. In particular, coalesce usually implies the merging of similar parts to form a cohesive unit.

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