Be Still Know
Psalm 63:1a NLT
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
The other night I was awake at 2:09am. I just knew I wouldn’t get back to sleep. I tossed and turned for a while, and then got up and made a cup of tea. Inside I felt wretched. An argument with my daughter the day before revolved around my head. I knew that our family was facing big and testing decisions. It all felt like a mess, everything slightly out of control; a scenario that only seemed more devastating given that it was the early hours of the morning and I felt entirely alone.
Yet life goes on from one day to the next. At times this is exciting, as when anticipating the visit of a friend or a celebratory event. On other occasions it seems relentless and requires every effort simply to hang on to the coat-tails of the dawning day ahead.
The psalmist reminds us that seeking God is not an inspirational, one-off activity. Rather, it is the practice of a lifetime. When it is this latter lifestyle, when we are driven to the limits of our human capacity, we are able to release ourselves into God’s hands. For me, this is seldom a great act of spiritual triumph, more the grudging acknowledgement that I have chosen to rely on God and the memories of times when God has shown up, even when from my perspective he has been late!
Stress is real and needs acknowledgement. Such an acknowledgement doesn’t remove it, yet it does accept the reality. Once stress takes hold, it is difficult to shift. However, no matter how low you feel, reflect upon the psalmist’s encouragement and seek God. Your mind may be constrained by the anxious thoughts that lay siege to you, yet God will protect your heart, and the very discipline of choosing to seek God will awaken faith memory within and lead you on. If you haven’t taken time to build any faith memory, start today.
QUESTION: What keeps you awake at night or causes you stress?
PRAYER: Lord God, in the middle of all my worries, I seek you and your peace.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.