Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Brave enough to be still?

I got out of the house for a few minutes today. I grabbed a bag holding my Bible, a book on waiting, and some note cards.

I was desperately in need of time with the Lord. Not that I can't set aside time with the Lord at home...I can. I'm just not very good at it. The kids or dishes or laundry or email or meal prep or the phone seems to call my name and tempt me away from what I know I should be doing.

I read through a few verses and came across a short devotional in my Bible. It referenced Exodus 14:14, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Immediately my mind drifted back to my missions trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2008. I came across that verse and it spoke right to my heart as I was trying my best to win my battle of infertility and fight as hard as I could.

After reading that verse, I chose to lay down my armor and let the Lord fight my infertility battle for me.

Today I am tempted to fight another battle: unemployment. Although it's not me specifically looking for the job, I am still tempted to pick up my armor and try to take control of the situation.

A situation that we have no control over.

The devotional in my Bible said, "You have the ultimate defender on your side. Be brave enough to be still. He is a fighter."

What? Be brave enough to be still?

But we're educated. And smart. And have lots of connections. What does being still have to do with getting a job? Shouldn't we do everything in our power to try and find a job?


Or maybe not.

Maybe what we need to do is follow Psalm 37:7, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him."

The easy thing to do is fill up our days trying to do everything we can to fight the battle of unemployment.

The hard thing to do is lay down our armor, and be brave.

Be still before the Lord. Wait for Him.

I'm not sure I'm any good at being brave.


Abigail said...

Wow! Super powerful post! Stillness is "hard work" and so "worth fighting for" as far as our prayer life is concerned.

Stacey said...

Praying for you, friend. Thanks for sharing how you are dealing with this time of waiting. That verse in Exodus is a favorite of mine, too. So powerful.

Suz said...

A friend sent me this link your blog. We are in the same boat & this post was the perfect ting to read this afternoon! Thanks for sharing!