God's Word for Today

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hold Still

Hold still, I said these very words to my DD as I helped her pluck her eyebrows a few days ago.

Hold still…you say these words to your child before you begin the delicate procedure to remove a splinter from a finger or a speck of sand out of their eye.

Hold still…you do this when you are afraid.

Hold still…think of all the things that require stillness?

The title of my blog “Be Still and Know” comes from one of the very first connections I had with God’s Holy Word, it is from my much loved Psalm 46 verse 10,

“ Be still and know that I am God”.

Being still for me is the core truth that defines my relationship with Christ. I have to be willing to hold still before I can know the greatness of God.

I read a poem the other day in my “Streams in the Desert” (if you have a copy of SID the devotional is on June 20 if you would like to read the entirety of the poem, if not you can follow this link) , it was a small verse in the poem that accompanied the devotion for the day.

“God can not clear your path till you are still”

The simplicity of this statement has lingered in my thoughts ever since.

The very simple and short stanza, it seemed so wise as I pondered on it.

When I am in a whirl wind of activity, sadly I seldom stop to consider how God would have me respond to a situation. Over these last few weeks as my DD has been doing you know what, I have had some time to reflect on many different things.

I have had time, or a better definition should be is that I have made spending time in prayer and God’s word a priority in my life again.

Lord forgive me for allowing my daily life to distract me from what is truly important.

What a blessing it has been to begin my day with a good strong dose of God’s word accompanied with some quiet prayer time. Well for me if feels like coming home after a long, hard trip, falling into a soft warm bed, drifting of to sleep and then waking refreshed and renewed. I can see a bit clearer now!

Listen to these words again!

“God can not clear your path till you are still”

Prior to the DD surgery there were many thing that were littering my path, there were man made things or things I placed a higher priority on, but now I have returned to a better way. The necessary stillness I have had to adopt in my life although at times has been a bit overwhelming. It has also given me a very clear perspective at how I allowed too many things get in the way of what I know to be truly important.

God has cleared my path, it was not cleared in a way I would have chosen but it has been cleared non the less. With His might sweeping hand He has brushed away some things in my life and said “You, my sweet child, need to be sitting still at my feet!"

So here is a question.

Is you daily life so littered with other things that you do not have time to meet Him in prayer?

Is your path so full of worldly things that God is hidden beneath the debris?

I am thankful that I have had this intentional time to clear away a lot of very unimportant things from my path.

Thank you Jesus for this time of stillness and for helping me to clear away the unnecessary things that were in my way.

Blessings

Robin

8 comments:

a portland granny said...

Thanks for sharing your insights today. I needed them. I have so many times during the day that I do time wasting. I am joining an accountability group for the summer and am trusting that it will be just what I need to get me moving again in my spiritual journey!

Terri Tiffany said...

How wonderful that during that difficult time God blessed you even more than you expected. Lots of meat here for me to chew on as I will!

2Thinks said...

Mmm. This speaks right to the very heart of where I find myself today. Fashionista and I used to do our daily devotions and pray together every morning. With summer's new schedule, or lack thereof, the time w/the Lord has fallen by the wayside of daily life around here. Tomorrow we go to the lake for a week of relaxation and no electronics to be still and know. I hope to get back on track w/being still.

It is hard work for me to be still.

I have Streams in the Desert. I will look up the entry.
Heidi

skoots1mom said...

read this when you have a few mins...think you'll enjoy it

http://godsheart-heart2heart.blogspot.com/

Nel said...

Thanks so much for sharing your heart today. It has truly spoken to me. I too need to learn how to sit at Jesus' feet once again and be still!

Kim said...

A truth I've learned... re-learned... and had to learn yet again. Thanks for the reminder Robin! It is so easy to get caught up in the doing we forget WHO we're doing it for!

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Thank you for a very time provoking post. God bless you my friend.
Bren

Patrice said...

Wow, this post spoke volumes to me, thanks for sharing.

At times I run wild with my thoughts when things are not going well. Next time, I will stand still and wait for God to direct my path.

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