There is a bible verse that I often have to recall in order to stop the storms that rage inside my head. It's found in Psalm 46 and it goes something like this "be still my heart and know that I am God." As I think about all the times in my life I have had to use it I can not help, but laugh. Being still is something that has never been easy for me. When I was little my dad used to tell me that when I wasn't using my actual fingernails, I was using a "hammer" nail or I was using my teeth. Either way he would say, "I was using something, in order to do something and I was never able to just sit still". I remember being so mad at him for telling me that, now as I look back I feel bad for my sweet daddy. I did some serious damage with those nails and we won't even talk about the use of my teeth! He really did have a lot more patience than what I ever gave him credit for. As I reflect today, I see that things have not really changed. This week alone I have been told by three of the most influencial men in my life that they didn't tell me something because they knew I wouldn’t be able to wait before trying to fix it. My son so graciously told me as he worked hard to fix my mess that, "I was way too quick;" we laughed it off, after he completed the damage control, but it was somewhat of a tense moment a little before! All in all it left me thinking of the many times in our lives when we truly believe that we can help God. Maybe it's our lack of patience, maybe our lack of faith, or maybe just a little of both. Either way, if we could just slow down and be still I think life would be better. Paul said it best when he stated in 1 Corinthians 12 that "when the perfection comes, the imperfect disappears," we just have to be still enough to see it.
So, as you make it through your week my beloved readers, I ask that you join me in trying your best to "just be still and know that He is God". It's going to be hard and we may have to remind ourselves that it's okay to be imperfect, it’s okay to not have all the answers, and it's okay to wait for God's perfect timing; it's okay. (Notice I didn’t say to wait indefinitely, for there is a time and place for everything and everything has its time.) But if we can just be still enough to enjoy the people around us, have that much needed conversation, actually pet our pets, swim in those cool waters, feel the sun on our face, put the time needed in prayer, read that book, clean out that closet or finish that puzzle, life would make more sense. Trust me when I tell you, you will know when it is time to use your nails and when you do, you will know that He is God! Stay safe in your journeys my loved ones, and as always it was nice chatting with you!
Until next week, be still and just know that you know, it's okay not to know and that at the end everything will work out, no nails needed <3!