Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Be Still!

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.  Let the oceans roar and foam.  Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!  ...“Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.” ~ Psalm 46: 1-3, 10, NLT

If you have a child with any variety of diagnoses from ADHD to auditory processing issues to Tourette Syndrome, you know that noise and self-regulation are a huge issue.  I continually find myself saying to my own children, each of whom have completely different disorders, "You can't hear me when you're being so loud!"  When they are upset or overly enthusiastic or even just wrapped up in their own concerns at the time, I urge them to quiet down in order to hear my instructions.  If there is a trauma, how much more the noise ratchets up!  And to even be able to comfort them in the least, they have to come to a place where they are willing to quiet themselves.

Why should we think it is any different with us adults?  When the turmoil of medical concerns or insurance battles or just trying to "get it all done" overtakes us, it is extremely hard to be still.  In an emergency, the heart and thoughts race as we try to make prudent decisions on the spot.  At times when our plate is way too full, demands of work, parenthood and the special needs care of our children overwhelms us.  Yet, that is the very time that God urges us to settle down and affirm to ourselves who He is. 

If you look at today's verses, you see that the Lord proclaims, "Be still, and know that I am God!", not at a time of peace, but in the midst of trouble.  It is right at the time of life's stressful racing that He wants us to halt, stand up and take notice.  He's got it all under control!  We have no need for the worry and churning going on inside of us.  And we can't hear the wisdom of His voice or fully receive His comfort if we are not willing to settle down for a bit.

While it may be extremely difficult, even a short time alone with God, quieting ourselves in His presence, can bring peace to our chaos.  It may mean waking up 15 minutes earlier in the morning before the demands of family kick in.  It may mean taking a walk alone after dinner to process what God has to share with you about your day.  It may even mean locking yourself in a bathroom for a few minutes.  But the Lord's desire is that we would take a deep breath and drink in the awesome gift that He is our refuge and help even when the foundations of life are shaking.  Be still.  Be refreshed for the moment.  Be encouraged!

Pray:  Father, when life's circumstances overtake me, help me to quiet myself and realize who You are!  Fill me with your perfect peace that far outshines any of life's circumstances.

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