How I Learned God’s Stillness In Life’s Storms

Stillness.

It’s not just about being solitary or stationary in one position but remaining calm. Stillness has this peaceful and quiet strength. Not moving but readily active. Stillness is a quality I seek and desire but still struggle with.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

I’ve read and heard this scripture so many times. It’s one of my favorite go-to scriptures. It’s a good FYI when life’s storms give me a little bit of stress, doubt, and anxiety. I’ll admit, this scripture sometimes goes out the window when I’m dealing with the seemly hard and impossible.

When circumstances get tough, how does it apply when the thunderstorms of life turn into a hurricane? How do I be still when I so badly want to fix the situation by building a shelter or control the weather with little or NO tools or power to give sunshine?

Be still anyhow.

Of course, it’s easier said than done. I can physically be still in the presence of God during my morning devotionals and cup of coffee but can still be an anxious wreck both heart and spirit because of the torrential downpour of problems and pain I have going on in our life. What do I do when life’s issues are screaming for a resolution?

Be still anyhow.

Diving deeper in Psalm 46:10 during my quiet time, God commanding me to “be still and know” that He’s God in means being calm, unshakable in my spirit. I’m also to have full knowledge and understanding of who God is and how He ALONE is above any problem or storm in my life. It is in this quiet strength that I discover MORE of His great and awesome power while He works to fix and sustain the needs of my life when I don’t have the resources to fix it myself.

With potential health issues looming with no insurance to cover it, I often worry. Questions fill my mind asking how I’m going to afford this medical test, office visit, or if the illness is what I suspect it is. Though I don’t have all the answers and the money to pay for everything, God DOES.

My job is to be calm in spirit and acknowledge who my helper is in this situation. Jesus, the all-knowing and powerful, Who supplies all my needs according to His riches and glory (Philippians 4:19), and Who will instruct, teach and guide me in the way that I should go (Psalm 32:8) when it comes to money management, paying medical bills, and healing.

Stillness can be a challenge when life’s storms attempt to blow me away but I can receive the comfort that in the midst of the storm, I have a solid, still, peaceful foundation and fortress in Jesus to brave it. I’m learning more to rest in His quiet strength while being filled giving me to strength to be still anyhow.

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