Many years ago when my family was going through a pretty rough time and I was feeling overcome by anxiety, God reminded me to be still. And it seems that verse comes into my mind weekly since then, and even more as of lately.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to feel Gods presence through worship, the outdoors, scripture and journaling but yet I find it difficult to find moments to be completely still. I like to do things, to sing, to work on projects, but being still and spending just a few moments, in silence, in his presence? That’s difficult for me. I like the sound of music in the background. I like the sound of wind blowing through trees as I walk outside. I like keeping busy, arranging flowers in vases, photographing sweet moments. Can you experience God and hear him through these things? Absolutely! I have. But I think there’s something so special, so amazing, about hearing God through those silent moments. I’m just not always comfortable with complete and utter silence.
So it seems God is reminding me of my need to do this. And you know what happens when I do this? I become overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by his love, his kindness, his grace, his caring heart, his patience. And my anxiety, my fears, my worries about what I should be doing currently or soon to prepare for big life events, they melt away. It’s like I can feel God wrapping his arms around me and giving me a huge hug and telling me “Hey, it’s okay! Don’t you know I have great plans for you and your growing family? I’ve got this Brittany. Just trust me.”
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Life can be crazy, full of twists and turns you didn’t plan for. Full of joys you never dreamed of. And my goodness am I ever glad God is God and I am not.
So this week I am reminding myself to take time each day to spend a silent moment with God and see what He has to say to me. Because I know His plans are good, and He is good, all I need to do is continue to turn to Him and keep spending time with him, and waiting to hear what incredible plans He has for us.