June 14, 2022
Strength in Stillness
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"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The afternoon sun streaks through my living room window, and I settle into my seat, finding just the right spot for the light to warm my body. On my windowsill, books bend into one another, and pens spill from their holder; my daily Bible verse calendar shows an image of majestic mountain peaks and a scriptural assurance of faith I cannot see.
The call to faith in the unseen resonates deeper than I wish it to.
I've spent these past six months fighting for my mental and physical health. I'm still wrestling with the lingering aftermath of COVID-19 and anxiety, comparing my state of exhaustion to where I was before I got sick.
When I see my life as it was, and I see the setbacks I'm battling, I can't help but be tempted to spiral down the "why me?" rabbit hole. The daily battles leave me worn and wondering just how this will play out.
My camp is close to crumbling, and I need reinforcements. If I have the Lord of heaven's armies with me, what is His tactic? What is His next move?
Is it to strengthen me supernaturally so I can take ground where I have loosened my hold?
Is it to storm my enemies and knock them down in one motion?
Is it to wait for me to say the right prayer or scripture and believe just a bit more for my faith to come to life and be "useful" in my healing?
Or is it possible God is calling me to something radically different? What if God's will looks something like this: "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14)?
The more I meditate on this verse, the more I realize I've been carrying much more stress than I need to. I've hoisted the weight of my health on my shoulders, striving to learn answers, comparing what was to what is now, and holding heavy, unrealistic expectations in my heart and mind.
Maybe you are, too. Maybe we've all been holding on to our own designs of how life should be and having trouble wrapping our minds around reality.
What do we do with the vise grip we've put ourselves in?
Be still. Stop the swirling thoughts and expectations of where you should be and rest in where you are. Here is now, and God is present here. The gift of His grace overpowers any shame, guilt and disappointment we may feel about ourselves. And His grace extends to His command for us to release the effort and allow Him to do His deep, restorative healing in our hearts as He fights for us. In stillness lies our strength.
Take the burden off your shoulders and relax into the Lord. He is the One who will fight your battles. Our God has our best in mind, for our good and His glory. His love is making a way in our lives because the battle belongs to the Lord.
Sometimes, the best thing we can do is be still with this truth and believe. We can turn over our trust to His capable ways, lift off what weighs us down and let Him do the heavy lifting.
Father, I have been holding on to so much. I cannot carry the weight of this worry any longer. I've been flailing and trying to fight this battle by using my strength. Will You take the weight off my heart, mind and body? Will You fight for me as I sit still and fall into Your arms? You are my salvation, and You offer me deep, abiding rest. Thank You for the grace You give; I trust You to guide and grow me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (ESV)
What burdens have you been carrying around that you don't need to hold on to?
Set aside some time to be still with God and give Him the worries that are weighing you down. Stay quiet and close, and listen to what He wants to say to you.
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