Be Still. What do you think of when reading those words?
Don’t move? Say nothing? Be quiet? Rest?
This Bible verse has meant a lot to me the last year. It’s an easy one to remember but hard to live. I’ve been worrying about health issues, husband’s early retirement, uncertainty in the world, aging, to name a few. These words can quiet my mind, realizing the God of the universe does care about all that concerns me and He loves me more than I understand.
If you quoted this verse to me when I was going through infertility, when I had cancer or was separated from my husband, I would have asked you where is God then? How can I be still when I can’t get pregnant!? Try being still when you think you’ve been given your death sentence. I wish I’d understood this verse more.
What about the Christians being persecuted for their faith? How do you tell them to “be still”? Or the mother who just lost her child by drowning? Or found out her baby has been abused? Tell the man who is about to commit suicide to “be still”. They can be empty words to those in great pain or despair. That’s when they need to see Jesus with skin on. Our love and hugs and listening and caring.
I profess to be a Christian but do I really believe? Do I believe He is for me? Do I trust He is in control? Does He really hear my prayers? And answer them? How can the God of the universe know about my little world in Arizona when He has so many bigger issues to attend to?
I certainly don’t have answers or understand the ways of God. But I do know He IS in control of it all and I don’t have to understand what He is doing. I feel so much more relaxed when I let go and let God. That is Faith.
Release control to the One who is in control.
Heavenly Father, I know in my mind that You are in control of this world, of my life. Help me to know it in my heart. I want to live my life trusting You are working all things for my good. Help us to be still. Help those who are hurting. Comfort and reassure us how much you love and care. In Jesus name, Amen
Be still in His love.