Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7
“Be still so I can sew this on.” “Sit still while she is cutting your hair.” “Just, be still!” This may be one of the most over used words in a mom’s vocabulary!
Still is a funny word if you think about it. It has two definitions that are essentially the opposite of one another. Still can mean “an absence of movement” or “the continuance of an action”. I often encourage women to sit still and quiet their minds to read God’s word and listen for His whisper. Today, let’s consider the other definition of still. The “in spite of and nevertheless” meaning.
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” Job 2:3
Do you still find peace in spite of your circumstances? Do you still see God in the details even though it wasn’t the outcome you wanted? Do you still find comfort in His word and under the shelter of His wings even though something priceless (love, life, friendship) has been ripped from your grasp? Do you still find yourself full of joy even in the most difficult of situations?
If the answers are yes, there is no doubt you have found the key that opens a human heart and allows the Holy Spirit to come and dwell within. If the answers are no, there is still time to learn. In spite of all that has transpired. There is still time to trust. In spite of all you have done and all you haven’t. There is still time to find the key. To turn it over and live a life of gratitude among ruins.
So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” . . . Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. Daniel 6:12-14
Daniel faced death by a lion’s jaw for praying to Our God. Yet, he still prayed three times a day. How do we find the key to opening our hearts and turning our lives over? How do we still find joy in the trials? Give thanks for all? That desire to let God in and turn the pain into peace? That amazing grace and unconditional love that can only come from One?
Open the Book, dear friend. Read the only Truth there is. Embrace His love letters to you and to me. Practice finding Him in all you do, thanking Him for all He has given and accepting His gifts you can not earn.
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