Can You Sit Still?
I remember working myself up into a panic when I was trying to conceive. I focused on my age. I focused on my previous failures, and I focused on the fact that everybody around me who didn't even want to be pregnant or who already had multiple children kept popping up pregnant. I kept seeing the news report about people doing terrible things to children, and I just kept questioning, "Why? Why are these people able to just keep reproducing when they need to be in a jail cell, but I keep struggling at every turn?" I was continually trying to find the next best thing to get pregnant. Which usually was something else that caused me another health problem that I had to try to get over. One day, I looked in the mirror, and I didn't recognize myself. I felt old and chewed up, and I knew it was because of all the turmoil I was putting myself through. I immediately starting praying and calling out to God on what to do next, and I heard my answer, plain and simple, "Be Still." God was telling me to stop working myself up into a frenzy trying to achieve something that only He could provide. It made perfect sense. I realized that after all the money I'd spent, after all the time I'd wasted, and after all the tears I'd shed, only He could work out the amazing miracle of new life. I scaled it waayyy back and just rested in His peace. I began to feel and look younger. I had more energy, and I was happier. God's simple plan for my complicated situation had worked. I just needed to be still and know that He is God, and that He is the One who can work all things out for my good. I believe the same thing for you. I believe that whatever you're going through, if you are stuck on trying to make it work on your own terms and it's just not working, He may be telling you to "Be Still." Yes, your problems still may be there, but if you can just trust God to give you rest in His peace, you can enjoy your life because He is the One handling your problems. And, from my experience, He can work out our situation much better than we could have ever imagined. We just have to sit still.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us... (Ephesians 3:20) NIV