Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday: STILL


It's Five Minute Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung and many other bloggers. Each week we are given a one word writing prompt. The rules are to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is STILL.

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"Be still and know that I am God." The words from Psalm 46:10 immediately come to my mind.

But how easy it is for me to want to take action and not be still. You know, figure out things in my mind and do something. After all, I'm fairly intelligent. I have a good mind and a healthy body. I've heard the popular slogan JUST DO IT.

But when do I come to the end of myself and begin to trust the One who created me?

Do I trust Him enough with my life to be still?

I think of the children as they learn to float. Little Jimmy was so scared of letting go. But over time he came to trust his swim instructor. She taught him to rest quietly, be still and not fight. Slowly she removed her hand from beneath his body and ...he floated.

I see that as an illustration for my life. Do I trust God enough to be still? Do I really believe He can perform the impossible in my life? Or am I struggling and trying to do it in my power?

As I consider the word STILL, I see that often my pride gets in the way. I can do it myself. I can figure it out. I, I, I.

Being still causes me to rest. To rest in His promises. To rest in His ways.

As He teaches me to trust, I find that my desires begin to conform to His desires for me.

Being still teaches me how to walk by faith. When He prompts me to move, I begin to obey.

It's the best place to be. Be still.

STOP

Blessings and love,

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4 comments:

Ruth L. Snyder said...

Debbie,
I see that we have similar thoughts about the word still. We know that we need to be still, but it's hard, isn't it?!

Praying that you will take time to be still today!

Rachel Quigley said...

This phrase hit me square on: "Do I trust Him enough in my life to be still?" That's an important question to ask and examine! I am learning that same thing. Being still and waiting on His timing and His direction. In a go-get it culture, we have to fight to be still. Thanks for these words of encouragement! Stopping by from #fmf

Debbie said...

Great post! You'd think that after 60 years on this earth I'd have this down! It's such a basic truth and principle and yet I STILL struggle against it. It obviously goes against our human nature. I want to fix, plan, overhaul, DO and just stress over sooo many things. And yet God says, Be Still and KNOW...that ultimately every little thing (our very breaths) are in His hands. And when I do manage to somehow be STILL I experience His peace in ways it is hard to describe. Resting in Him....full of His peace....that's what He wants me experiencing, not my frantic futile attempts to control! Lots of good things here to dwell on this morning Deb. Enjoy your week-end!

Lea said...

So "spot on" Debbie. Our society screams anything but "be still." But, we know we can so easily drown out HIS voice when we are not still. Oh, the sweetness of being still. Thanks for the reminder!!!!

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