Saturday, April 19, 2008

Be Sill

This morning was a blessing to me, and though it wasn’t sunny with big puffy white clouds (my favorite kind of day), I was blessed all the same. I went to a women’s fellowship breakfast at Mary Yoder’s with ladies from church. I haven’t been to one in a long while - - years in fact, so it was high time to do so. It seems that when you’re going through something difficult, it’s then when you recognize the true importance of Godly fellowship - - though one still has the choice to seek it or not. Ladies planning to attend were asked to be ready to share Bible verses that apply to Psalm 46:10:
“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! “Amplified
When I read the scripture I knew I had to focus on the words “be still” as this is something the Lord had been impressing upon me, as well as a couple of my friends, for the past two or three weeks. As I read and thought about what this scripture means, it occurred to me that it’s actually God’s “command” to each of us - - to “be still” and to “know that He IS God.” Yet to “be still” doesn’t always seem so easy when life is happening. This is especially true as a wife and mom for a near 30 years; there have always been a lot of things happening, some good, some bad. The notion of being still, knowing that God is who He says He is, and that He really is in control, has been one of the most difficult lessons for me to learn. Because means more than sitting down and taking a break, it means not getting stressed over the troubles and hardship that come our way. As it is a command it truly is one of the most important things we can do as a believer.
So what does the word “still” mean to you?
According to this on-line dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/still there are 39 separate definitions of the word still. Of these, the first two seemed to fit the scripture best:
1. Remaining in place or at rest; motionless; stationary: to stand still.
2. Free from sound or noise, as a place or persons; silent: to keep still about a matter.
Luke chapter 10, verses 38 through 40, tells of two sisters, Martha and Mary and their reactions to the Lord’s visit. Martha was the busy one; she was distracted with all the things that had to be done, preparations made, and dinner to be served. Frustrated with the lack of help, and feeling that Mary was treating her unfairly, she went to Jesus with her compliant. Jesus said to her,
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” NAS
We need to learn how to have stillness of Mary; that calm quiet spirit within. To be able to be refueled we need to be like Mary to get through those days of Martha. Whether you’re a believer or not there’s always that part of you that needs to find rest and peace for the journey you’re on. It doesn’t take much time out of your day; for Mary, she gained while sitting with the Lord. Martha missed out on a wonderful and rare opportunity. Not to take away from the fact that Martha thought that what she was doing was important, after all Jesus was there for dinner. Martha’s busyness kept her away from the Lord, the very one she was busy for.

Come, to the quiet
You’ll find peace of mind.
Inter my rest
While there is still time;
The world has much noise
That’s harmful to thee.
Inter my rest,
Come, sit with Me.
8/18/89 VB

2 comments:

Becky said...

How refreshing and encouraging it is to read your daily postings. I sometimes feel that it is just me who is going thru trials. Just yesterday I had a talk with God and told Him that this time I was really going to leave a certain situation in His hands - He is far more capable than I. I tend to like to be in control - or at least try to be! I think God has been pretty much sitting back and laughing and sometimes sighing, just waiting for me to figure out that He has a much greater plan, and I need to get out of His way so He can fulfill it.

I find encouragement knowing that other women are also struggling, sometimes fretting, and praying for their families, with the hope that Jesus Christ will ultimately be the victor in the situations that concern and worry us daily.

I get excited when I watch Beth Moore and how she seems to be in touch with all of the anxieties that I am going thru and how she is able to find the hope and answers and joy in God's word.

How amazing that God cares for us like He does, and even more amazing that He wants to be involved in our everyday lives.

It's not easy to "be still." It sure is wonderful, though, and knowing that God is full of surprises makes life so much more joyful and exciting!

Thanks for sharing.

Becky

James said...

Its been a rough week, but you've managed to lift me up with your humor, love and encouragement - - and now with your blog. I'm proud of the effort you've put forth getting it off the ground. Guess that's it for now, I can't wait to read your next edition! Love You, Jim