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Daily Devotionals

Day 44 – Issue 13

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Be Still Know

Luke 1:56 NLT

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.

I remember the events that led to Katey’s diagnosis with MS. Initial conversations with the GP were followed by a referral to the hospital for an MRI scan, then a lumber puncture, and finally a meeting with the neurologist who, having received all the information, gave us the diagnosis. It was New Year’s Eve, 1990.

The consultant was brilliant, giving us time to process each piece of information before giving us more to consider, yet it was devastating and bewildering. We needed to slow the pace of our lives and find space to process the bad news. This was painful, not least because the distraction of all the energy we had invested in pursuing tests etc was no longer available to us.

Mary, in happier circumstances, takes time to spend three months with her cousin. She needed to process the events that had unexpectedly swept into her life. There was much to consider, and perhaps it was in this space that she learnt to ponder things in her heart. It’s essential that in the good times and the challenging ones, we make space to consider all that is taking place. Knee-jerk reactions and instinctive responses allow no room for the spirit of God to speak. They are also an unhelpful way to process real and understandable emotions. In our most significant encounters in life, we are encouraged by God to create the time to pause and consider, to ponder where we find ourselves and who we are in this place.

As we approach the end of another year, I hope these notes have helped you to make space to wait on God, which is my aim in writing them.

QUESTION: Will you sit and be still for a while to ponder and pray?

PRAYER: Thank you for your faithfulness to me through another year. I wait on you now. In the stillness, come close to me, I ask.

Written by: Matt Weet

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