Inside: To “be still and know” doesn’t mean sitting still but rather, God has us and we need to trust our lives to Him. He is guiding us through life.
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I am sharing at Maree Dee’s site, “Embracing the Unexpected.” Maree writes about embracing life in the unexpected. I find myself on her site a lot being encouraged and inspired. Her series for this month is “Be Still.” Thank you for the opportunity to share at your site, Maree.
(Psalm 46:10, NLT).
10 Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.
When I decided to write for this series, I was a little nervous. I mean, I could write something, but what could I say? The word “still” and I just don’t go together.
Being still is one of the hardest things for me to do. When you have an anxiety disorder, your mind is always going. The hamster in the wheel, yep, that’s my brain. Asking an anxious person to be still is an oxymoron.
I’ve tried numerous times, whether it be walking, sitting or lying in my bed to be still. I try to empty my thoughts and see if God will say something to me. It feels like minutes or hours of trying not to think when in reality it’s a minute and a half.
Why I Couldn’t Be Still
My whole life has been doing, striving and giving my brain workouts until six years ago. I found myself almost bed-ridden from years of stress. My balance was out of whack, so driving was out of the question. For someone who was always on the go, it was a significant awakening!
Anxiety became a new way of life. At that time, I was frustrated and hopeless, but as I look back, it was the way God urged me to find stillness.
Stillness in the form of two ways:
~To be physically still.
~And to trust in His ways and plans.
Previous to this, I had ideas and dreams, and I was beginning to live them out. However, it was an uphill battle trying to go on the path I wanted. Things were so hard because, in retrospect, I was going in the wrong direction. God needed to send a struggle to get my attention.
How about you, are you struggling with something right now? Do you feel frustrated as you battle this day in and day out?
I beg you to look differently at your struggle. Might God be teaching you something vital as you fight against it?
The Greek word for still is “rapa” which means to cease and let go. The idea is to stop your fighting and instead trust things will work out.
Be still and know that I am God.
Here’s what I’ve missed, I thought I was to cease all my activity, but in reality, I needed to stop trying to figure everything out by myself. To be still is to trust my Heavenly Father, know He has my life in His hands, and to allow Him to lead me.
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