Thursday, June 3, 2010

Quietness

It's been several days since I've posted on this blog. The days have been quiet in my writing mind, but most definitely not quiet in life. Life continues on whether we're ready for it or not, but praise God for never sending us things we cannot handle or sending us in the wrong direction. The past several days have been spent with family, with friends, and in times of prayer and reading the Bible, Jesus Calling, Learning of God, and other daily readings. It's been a time of refilling my mind with God's Word and listening to His voice in the midst of an unpredictable and often chaotic world.

A friend of mine once made the comment that "life just happens." She was right. Life does just happen, but not even the smallest of events in life happens without God. Whether we are believers or not, God is involved in our life. He is here waiting for us to turn to Him. He is here waiting for us to call out to Him. Life's trials and hardships become overwhelming when we forget that we are not alone and that God is here to help us.

Many excerpts in the devotionals I've been reading have been about focusing on God and being still before Him. I put this to the test the other day when a million things seemed to be revolving out of control all around me. I stayed home from church, sat down for quiet time, and tried to focus on God and God alone. I found my mind wandering numerous times, but instead of staying in "wander"land, I asked God for help. He filled my mind with praises and songs from my childhood Sunday School classes. It was great. I realized that appointments for later in the day, things I had to do in a couple of days, all of it - it didn't matter. The now time was time with God and complete focus on Him gave me a relaxing, restful peace.  

As a result of allowing God to rule the day many things were revealed to me about decisions that needed to be made and paths that needed to be taken over the next couple of days. I'm not going to say the peace didn't wear off when I was back in the here and now of every day life, but my relationship with the Father was stronger and I didn't panic when the unknown came my way.

I'm a work in progress and learning to be still before God and at peace with Him, through Him, and for Him is a long process. Praise God for His patience and praise for His hand holding comfort. Life just happens. It's pretty crazy, but it's not out of control. Life is in the hands of God and when we leave it there and accept the days He gives us one at a time, we learn to enjoy them in the fullness of His joy so much more!

Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Isaiah 41:13, "For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."

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