Last week got away from me. I didn’t want it to. I don’t even know where it went. (It wasn’t all in vain.) But after reflecting on the week, this has been laid heavy on my heart:
For years I considered this verse to be more of a meditational verse. A reflection of His glory. I thought, if I could just put life in slow motion for a minute to reflect on Him, I would know He has everything under control.
I’m always striving to simplify. Slow down life’s pace. Be still amongst the tide. The noise. The drama.
To be still and simply know…
I got to thinking, I often see Exodus 14:14 associated with the verse above.
And lately, I’ve been wondering if I fully understand what the Lord means by being still. This Exodus verse makes me feel like there is more to it than mere meditation. So I looked up the Hebrew verb and its meaning for both verses (and found both of these instances use the same verb). I read a number of commentaries on this very subject and here’s what I discovered:
To “be still” stems from the verb rapha which means
- to be weak
- to let go
- to release
It doesn’t mean to slow down, to stop doing, to reflect.
Friends, it’s about trust.
It’s about giving up trusting in ourselves in order to
experience the full glory of God’s all-sufficiency.
- For when we are weak, He is strong.
- When we let go, He carries us.
- When we release, He can redirect.
When we decrease, He will increase.
And the teenage girl from Nazareth we simply know as Mary
knew this well.
So well she lived it even when every fiber in her being was telling her otherwise.
I’m fairly certain the teenage me would have said “um, thanks but no thanks” to becoming pregnant before I was even of marrying age let alone not even married. I would have reminded God this act would disgrace my family and could potentially ruin my future. My dreams. My ambitions. After all, how could being involved in something so morally unacceptable be filled with God’s glory?!
I wouldn’t have been so agreeable.
I highly doubt I would have surrendered completely.
I would have argued
Oh but I’m striving to change that.
Because who am I that I might suppress God’s glory.
Who am I to doubt He has everything under control?
Friends, I know how this game of life ends.
That’s the only detail I need to be concerned with.
This Christmas season, I’m going to strive to completely surrender. To get out of the way of my own life. To live the life He has intended for me. For it’s full of grandeur. It’s saturated with His glory. It’s certain to be better than anything I could ever imagine.
Yes, I will be still and know. For God is on my side. God loves me so much He gave up His own perfect child. For me. One who’s still striving.
Will you join me in experiencing the full glory of God’s all-sufficiency?
How about you? How do you become still? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
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