Five Minute Friday: Still

Sometimes the only thing we can do is be still and wait.

Sometimes it’s waiting out a storm, huddled in fear, praying for God to wrap His arms around us and keep us safe until it passes. Other times it’s anxious waiting, knowing the outcome of events could change our lives forever. Other times it’s waiting in limbo, unable to move ahead until we know the path we’re taking next.

When there’s a storm raging and there’s absolutely nothing we can do to fight it, we are still. When life is changing and we have no control over the direction it’s taking us, we are still. When we’re waiting for news that could forever change our lives, for good or bad, we are still. Still and waiting.

In our rushed and stressed society, “still” can sometimes be seen as a bad thing. But according to the Bible, sometimes we need to be still. Exodus 14:14 (NIV) reminds us: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) says: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Sometimes, like Elijah, we only truly know God in the stillness: So He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and powerful wind was tearing out the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a sound of a gentle blowing. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NASB)

Sometimes the storms and trials and uncertainties of life are reminds you be still and trust God.

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  1. Yes and what a paradox it is between waiting and stillness while God fights the battles verses the world’s approach to fight ourselves bloody in our own strength. Love your words and perspective here.

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  2. So true. And I think there’s (at least) one more stillness. It’s something along the lines of going through the routine of our normal days, even though it’s mundane sometimes, because they are moments of stillness and preparation for the next thing God has planned.

    Amie, FMF #14

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