Learning to Just Rest and “Be Still” Is a Constant Lesson

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26)

In late March I was enveloped in a flare up that had already been rough for several weeks. I felt like my body was under attack. I had been watching spring bloom without me as I sat looking out the window.

One night I became so very sick that between the early hours of the morning and the time my husband woke up, I was rapidly becoming seriously ill. An ambulance was called and I vaguely remember being carried out on a stretcher as an icy rain pelted my face.

I was in the hospital for 4 days. A stomach virus that would make most people uncomfortable for a day or two, made me dehydrated and very sick. I was frightened as I realized how dangerously ill I was that first night. I was so thankful for the comforting scriptures that I had already hidden in my heart.

“. . . yet I am always with You, You hold my right hand.” Psalm 73:23

“Because You are my help I sing in the shadow of Your wings. My soul clings to You, Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:7-8

At this time of enforced rest I pictured myself actually resting in the shelter of His wings. It was time to. . . “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Prayer: Father teach us to hold onto You during times that are frightening. Help us to hunger for Your Word, seek Your counsel, and learn to “be still.” To know, in our innermost heart that You are, indeed, God. Amen.

About the Author:
Sandra Platt has been a pastor’s wife for 20 years, and is the mother of two wonderful young adults who are seeking God’s will. She has had fibromyalgia for 20+ years and has many other chronic pain conditions. She is so thankful for God’s strength and guidance that has never let her down. You can find Sandy in the Sunroom/profile537

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