Wednesday, November 11
Forty Days of Proclamation: Be Still
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth." ~ Psalm 46:10
When this past January rolled around in all of its promising glory and the new year was upon us, we were given the challenge to choose a focus word and allow God to work His wonders as we applied it to our daily lives. My chosen word was HOPE as the concept itself was one I so desperately thought I needed. However, as 2020 started to manifest itself into bizarre and unsettling ways, I had a bit of an epiphany one day and became gratefully aware that, because of the faith I had always so readily clung to, hope was already imbedded within its very framework, within my very fiber. Instead, I discovered I was sorely lacking in another department and God was calling me for something more specific.
One afternoon in July, after yet another rejection in my decades' long reinvention tour, I pretty much hit a wall. Feelings of despair, insignificance and general self-pity began to creep in and overwhelm me. Suddenly, in the depths of my sadness, I heard a faint, yet unmistakable voice whisper, "Be still."
My entire mood shifted.
For within all of my constant worry about the future and how I was going to be able to navigate it alone, I realized not only am I not alone, but that my future is actually my present and I wasn't living in it. Too busy needlessly centered on tomorrow, I wasn't appreciating TODAY and all that I could be TODAY. We are not promised tomorrow here on earth; only the moment in which we are currently breathing, and I was squandering every second.
What a knucklehead I'd been, spinning in circles, putting way too much pressure on myself and not taking the time to heal and just be. I was always and I am now ENOUGH right in this moment.
God has a plan for me and for you and for everyone on this planet. He will reveal those plans in HIS time, when He feels we, and others we encounter, can MOST benefit from them and not foolishly waste them. In the meantime, it's my job to be the BEST version of myself no matter my circumstances, no matter that this world is entirely upside down right now, and no matter that I may feel completely rudderless at times. God does some of His greatest work through our pain and if we are constantly moving and fighting against what He wants for us, we'll never get off the hamster wheel. We will never move forward. Sometimes all that is required for us to hear His voice and to see His vision more clearly is to simply sit back, clear the clutter and BE STILL. And for someone with my active imagination, that can be a tough road.
But, I'm up for the challenge! 😊
For Further Reading~
"The LORD will fight for you; you only need to be still." ~
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him." ~ Psalm 62:5
Oh, Lord grant us stillness within our souls, enabling us to hear You and recognize your voice as You lead us along the ways of your purpose in our lives. Help us to trust that only YOU know what is best for us and to find peace in the present, never wishing it away, no matter the circumstances, so that we may know that we are where You want us to be. Thank You for always having our best interests at heart and for allowing us to realize that sometimes the best course of action is simply to wait and abide in You until all becomes clear. Thank You for loving us eternally. In your blessed name, Amen.