Be still. Nothing was further from my experience as a child than this word! I was very fidgety. I could not sit still. I was always moving…something. I chewed my nails…wiggled my feet…shifted in my chair…and talked incessantly. (It was a rare report card that didn’t comment on my frequent talking.)
My brain never stopped…still doesn’t. Thoughts are crashing around in my head constantly like waves. There is no time to pause before the next ones are landing on top of the first ones. Crash, crash, crash! Unfortunately, there is not a smooth steady rhythm to them. They often come in spurts and words burst out of my mouth before they are forgotten…
I remember when I first read this verse, “Be still and know that I am God.” What?! Be still? I can’t be still! And it is true. Nothing about stillness is natural for me. It is learned. It has taken a long time to be able to enjoy being still and quiet…before God. Thanks to the husband God gave me, I have learned to slow my pace, breathe slower when feeling frantic and sometimes go out and take a walk when I am feeling extra fidgety.
The only thing that helps me be still before God is knowing that I am His daughter…adopted into His family when He paid the price for my sin…completely…eternally.
Now I can rest in His arms just like the screaming child who is calmed by her parent. As He rocks and stills me (during my “freak-out” times) He also comforts and calms me with His words of truth and comfort. Psalm 23
Are you curious about this Five Minute Friday? It’s a bit of a game we play that has been started by Gypsy Mama. She gives us a prompt word and we write on it for 5 minutes…that’s it! We don’t do much clean-up either. We might add a photo or a few links, but that’s it. Take a look at her blog and see what others have come up with on this topic. They are very interesting. This week she is at In-courage.