I’ve spent most of this week sitting here staring at this little sign that hangs in my living room. I love this sign. It was a gift from my daughter many years ago – she knows me well. She knows I need this reminder. She’s very wise that way. But, honestly, this week I would rather be looking at something else.
I’m on day three now of life interrupted. And I’m feeling restless. Apparently, God does not want me to leave the inside of my house. He doesn’t want me out puttering in my garden. He doesn’t want me out running errands or seeing friends. He doesn’t want me getting all dressed up for a special Christmas party tonight. And apparently he doesn’t even want me out working. So, here I sit. Again. Staring at this sign. Again.
So, what DOES he want me to be doing? Probably to stop sneering at this innocent little sign, for starters. In fact, he calls me to better than that. He wants me to rest in the stillness. He wants me to be thankful. He wants me to focus on praise – to recall to my mind all that he’s done. And all that is still to come. He wants me to trust him. He wants me to know that He loves me just as much in the stops as he does in the starts.
So, whether you’re dealing with the effects of a chronic illness or not, everyone gets to experience life interruptions. They may be just small, annoying nuisances, or they could be life-changing catastrophes. Either way, they make us “stop” when we really don’t want to. And that stinks.
So, as I continue to fight the urge to stare down my beautiful little sign, I’m figuring out that I need to quit focusing so much of my precious energy on resenting the “BE STILL” part, and switch it around in my mind to remembering all the promises held within the “I AM GOD” part. That would definitely be more pleasing to him, and it would definitely be much less exhausting.
Thanks for growing with me. ❤
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’” (Psalm 46:10-11)