Irony rarely makes me smile but right now it does. My last post was about needing a vacation. I was frazzled and tired and quite honestly a little burnt out. I was relying on my own strength, as I so often foolishly do. Later that day, I sat down and watched a video I was asked to view and was so humbled but at the same time was given comfort and peace. God always provides what we need but sometimes (more often than not) we have to be still in His presence. Just be still.
Like every other mother I've ever met, the concept of "being still" is so foreign that we laugh it off and move on. Who has time to just sit and be quiet? Really. I have three kids, ages 4 and under. No one sits still. And if I try to, my three adorable nut cases take advantage of it. There is always something to be cleaned. Laundry to be folded and put away. Dogs to clean up after. Gardens
to tend, children to feed (and then the cleaning of the mess that follows that), a husband to attend to, emails to answer
, bills to file, work to be done. Always. It never stops. In Proverbs 31, it says that the wife's candle does not go out at night. She is always taking care of the people that depend on her and the tasks at hand. Where does God come in? Church on Sundays or Wednesday night? Even the process of going to church is time consuming. I get up at 5:40 to make sure I can shower
and get dressed before every one else wakes up. Then its time to take out the dogs, make breakfast, get every one up and moving and more often than not, I've broken a sweat by the time we get in the car
and head off. I'm drained and this video prompted me to consider something that deep down inside, I already knew.
I'm the reason why I'm drained. I'm the reason why I'm stressed. It's not because of God. He's there. If only I will sit and be still. Nothing else. He wants to fill me with peace and wonder and comfort and love. Most of us have heard the first part of Psalm 46: 10, "Be still and know that I am God..." This one statement is so deeply profound in meaning. However, while it IS so deep, it's so simple at the same time. If we take the time to just be still, to know who God is, to let Him show us... If we get out of our own way long enough to JUST BE STILL, He will show us who He is. And bless us richly in the process. It is something that I'm working
on myself. That I will always have to work
In this video, Lisa Chan (wife of Francis Chan, pastor, speaker and much more), reminds us women of how important it is to sit at the feet of God and just BE STILL.