Be still and know that I am God. Ps 46:10
This scripture topped my all-time favorite scriptures list ever since it jumped out of the pages at me back in college.
To be still sounds so passive, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. To ‘be still’ requires as much strength, if not more, as it does to act. To ‘be still’ is the ultimate demonstration of faith in God because it often requires you to pause/wait when you would rather be doing something, anything to bring about the desired outcome.
While I am aware/conscious of this truth, I must confess that to ‘be still’ doesn’t come naturally to me, not with my hands-on don’t-leave-anything-to-chance personality. I am often tempted to take matters into my own hands when I feel wronged or think the promises of God are taking too long to manifest/ be fulfilled in my life.
No time was this more evident than the first few months after I graduated from college. A honors student from a prestigious liberal arts college in the U.S (Arwa Damon of CNN is a fellow alum :-)) I was ready to take on the world. Yet with every job application/interview, it seemed like God was saying to me, be still. It took about a year before I landed the dream job in NYC. Being still was tough especially when it looked like my peers were moving along faster than me on the track of life. It pushed my limits. Needless to say that was one of the most trying/difficult times in my life. But God pulled me through and He will do the same for you, if you let Him…
That experience and many others have taught me many things and have deepened my resolve to stop debating God’s word. I’ve learned to trust God’s Word and believe it at face value. And no, I am not ashamed to admit that because I realize my limitations as a human being…no matter how smart i think i am, i could and would never be as wise/smart like Him. He was here long before I was and would be here long after – from everlasting to everlasting. Moreover, He ALONE knows the end from the beginning and He’s ALWAYS got my back….So why strive with a God that knows how things are going to pan out well before they even start?
I dont know what you’re dealing with as you read this. You may feel the pressure of trying to keep up with your peers…to keep moving even if you dont know where you’re going. Maybe it’s time you stopped playing catch up and just ‘be still.’ Or you may be fresh out of college looking for a job that doesn’t seem to be forthcoming or feel unappreciated at your present one; maybe you feel stuck in a difficult marriage and are thinking of walking or you may have hit rock bottom on your finances, know this : God has got you covered. Be still. Be still. Be still.
Be still and let God be God.
Daughter of the King