Be still. That can be tough. When I think about being still, my children as toddlers always comes to my mind. They would run about here and there from the time they got up in the morning until they laid their heads down at night. One of my children in particular didn’t even really stop through the night. There were constant trips to bathroom and pleas for water, hugs, and rescuing blankies that had suddenly vanished. Taking them to places where being still was appreciated always made me anxious, because without fail they call upon some hidden energy store and need to be busier than normal.
I remember one time in particular one of my boys was being really loud and fidgety while a missionary was giving a presentation. I got so tired of ‘shhhh’ing and trying to keep him still that I decided to take him to the nursery. On our way he out, he asked very loudly, “Are you going to spank me?” In this instance my son’s struggling got him where he wanted to be, in a place he could be free, not bound to sitting and coloring. In life, though, struggling never helps us to achieve what God has for us, it simply wears us down.
One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is getting closer to God and resting in His plan, asking Him for wisdom, and believing He’s going to work things for my good even if I don’t see evidence of it with my natural eyes. It means being aware of how you’re viewing the situation around you, how you’re dealing with it, the action you’re taking. Sometimes we feel like reacting instead of praying for wisdom and waiting until we get revelation on how to proceed. Sometimes we try so hard in our own strength to change the way things are, the situation we find ourselves in, when what really brings peace is to say, “Ok God, what are you going to do here?”
I’ve had days when it really feels like everything is set up against me, like there’s no way good can happen, and I have to find a way to still my mind before the Lord and ask Him to bring me peace while He works things out. Getting alone with Him and asking for a new perspective, for revelation about what you’re facing, that’s where we find perfect peace. It doesn’t mean that the storm will pass right away, it may rage for awhile, but it brings an awareness of His nearness and the truth that He goes along beside us.
The more time you make to be still before Him, the easier it will become to trust Him to work things out for your good, regardless of the process He takes you through. I’ve been in situations that make no sense, and quite honestly struggling through, trying to come up with a solution or a plan of some sort, has never worked. What did work is realizing that my Father is good. No matter how many people here turn against you, He never will. No matter how many times we mess up with our reactions, He will always be faithful to help us back up.
I read something on social media the other day that I really like, and it sums up a new mindset I’ve tried to adopt. “Instead of saying ‘Lord I don’t know how I am going to do this’, say ‘Lord, I can’t wait to see how You do this’”. Be still. No struggling. Allow excitement to fill your heart over how He will work this out!