“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
We are a family of readers, and every since the kids were small, we have made it a habit to go to the library each week. When my daughter was in first grade, her class visited the library. Because I helped chaperone the trip, I took my son (then three years old) along with me. Joshua, who was very familiar with the children’s room, knew exactly where to find his favorite books. He thought that this visit to the library was just like all of the other ones.
Imagine his surprise when he had to wait and be quiet! While the librarian talked to the class, Joshua tried to get away from me and go to the dinosaur section. I struggled to keep him from disrupting the lecture and tour.
When the librarian finished her talk, she led the children to the listening lounge for a special puppet show, and then, each child selected a book to take home – including Joshua, because he was with the class. That day, he got to own a dinosaur book instead of just borrowing it. He was surprised and excited to receive such a special gift.
Being still before the Lord is often HARD for me – almost as hard as it was for my three-year old to stop fidgeting inside that quiet library. Like Joshua, I sometimes find it difficult to wait. I think I know what is right for me, but I often forget that God knows what is best.
So, I must ask myself, “Will I allow myself to get quiet before God and let go of my controlling nature? Will I choose to wait for God’s direction?”
It is difficult to surrender my will and desires when, at times, this may be all that I have the power to manage. However, I’m steadily learning that being still allows me to constantly discover that God knows exactly what I need, and He knows the best way to get it to me. Like Joshua, I may find myself surprised at the good and perfect gift that God has in store for me.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her husband and their two teenagers. Although she has endured the challenges of several chronic conditions for over 20 years, she trusts in God’s grace to help her get through each day. You may email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment and read some of her other works at: http://www.restministriessunroom.ning.com/profile/DorotheaLove