Oct 4, 2015

Posted by in Awesomeness, Encouragement, Faith, Fruit For Thought, G.I.G., Trust In God, Understanding | 3 Comments

Still

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Still

 

What does it mean to be still? When I think of the word “still” two visuals come to mind from my childhood. The first image is of me sitting on the floor between my mom’s legs as she sat in a chair attempting to glide an afro comb through my textured hair. I would always squirm, and she would lightly pop me with the comb and say, “Sit still!” The other time I would hear those words would be on Sundays during one of my Granddaddy’s long sermons. As a child, it was painful to stay put for 4 hours (they didn’t have Sunday school at my Granddaddy’s church). So, quite often I would turn and strike up a conversation with my brother or a kid in the pew behind me, but before the conversation ever got good, my mom would abruptly get my attention and mouth the words “SIT STILL!”  

Consequently, I don’t have too many fond memories of sitting still. Anytime I was told to do so, it was the exact opposite of what I wanted to do, and it was torture! When I think about it, my resistance to “being still” has always been a result of fear and impatience. Being still meant being subjected to my surroundings, and surroundings aren’t always comfortable. Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what God wants me to do – be still.

Psalm 46 tells us, “Be still and know that I am God…” Stillness is the posture of the confident. Being still means that you’re not overwhelmed by fear and your mind is not occupied with impatience. How is that possible? Knowledge. Knowing that God is God. And, the only way to know that God is God is to know God. I’m sure that sounds like a riddle, but follow me. When I was a child and I sat between my mother’s legs while she did my hair, I squirmed because I knew the comb passing through my hair would cause pain. I knew because I repeatedly experienced that as a little girl. My mama wasn’t going to let her baby walk out the house looking any kind of way. Also, I found it hard to sit patiently through my grandfather’s sermons, because I knew they were going to be long with a lot of yelling. I knew because my mom had me at church every time the doors were open. Matter fact, we opened the doors. Lol!

Thinking back on those times, I noticed that I positioned myself for what was about to come because of prior knowledge. I had previous experiences to reflect on, which caused me to respond with fear and impatience. That is how it should be with God. When faced with difficult times, we should have so many memories that come to mind about when He brought us through that it causes us to stop and be still because we know our God. I KNOW that He won’t let me fall because every time I tripped before He’s caught me. I KNOW He won’t abandon me, because when others left, He stayed (He’s always been there). And, I KNOW that when bad things happen He’s got me, because He’s always found a way to turn the unfavorable into favorable. I guess what I’m trying to say is when you “KNOW” God, being still is the first response because truly knowing Him causes you to have more faith in His track record than what’s going on around you.**G.I.G.**
 

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  • Sam

    I really need to learn how to be still!!! Thanks for sharing this.

    God bless