So, recently, in my devotions with Patsy Lewis (who is WONDERFUL, by the way), I have been challenged to pick a theme for the upcoming year...this was 2 months ago. I thought about it and prayed about it, and it has been an interesting challenge. By theme, Patsy explained that it was an overall arching theme that God will hopefully use to stretch and teach us throughout the year.
A series of conversations, other devotionals, a Sunday School debate at a church I was visiting, and a Christmas sermon, I have felt the need to learn to "be still." In Psalms (46 to be exact), the writer is calling on God...telling that He is his refuge, strength, and no matter WHAT happens that God is God. He hears the voice of God saying "Be still and know that I am God." and then the voice continues - something I'd never noticed before - and says "I WILL be exalted among the nations. I WILL be exalted in the earth." (emphasis mine) It's a little promise that means EVERYTHING. In the midst of life...in the midst of storms crashing...in the midst of not understanding what is going on, my God WILL be exalted...
Being still is not natural for many of us, present company included. Why is that? Aaron teases me b/c I like to "do stuff" (laundry, crafts, fixing stuff, reading mags) WHILE we're relaxing...What's up with that? Why am I like that? Why is sitting still almost considered wrong in my mind? I do think we are all wired differently, and I tend to be more high strung, but is that just an excuse?
I'm a part of this amazing Bible Study at my church...God is using it to change my entire life. And I am learning that sometimes you just need to "be still" and listen or write or read in order to fully GET what I need to get. However, I am feeling led to extend this further and add one of the fruits of the Spirit into the mix - Peace.
Again - not a trait that comes by naturally. I realize it's a fruit of the Spirit and it will grow as we walk with the Holy Spirit, but sometimes I wonder how much I don't let that one grow. I'm not a worrier by any means. I don't understand worrying. And I always feel the need to tell people who worry that God is in control and to have peace. However, as my husband and those close to me would tell you, I need peace. I need peace in my thoughts. I need peace in my relationships. I need peace in my storm. I need peace down to my core.
And so, here I am...finally starting the blog I've wanted to start for a year. Taking time to share thoughts just in case someone wants to read them. May you "be still" and have peace that passes understanding.