Thursday, March 20, 2014

Being Still

We were sitting on the front porch that day, just me and that girl of mine. She was only 11 at the time, and we were enjoying the coolness of the late afternoon that summer. We were painting nails and toenails and having girl time.
It landed on her leg, her thigh to be exact. If she had thought first, she wouldn't have done anything and he would've went on his way I'm sure. But she didn't. Instead of shooing it away, she smacked her hand right down on it; driving the stinger deep down into her. She looked at me, eyes wide, and then she screamed.
She would not let go. The wasp was still under her hand, the stinger still stinging, and her jumping, and this momma is now yelling, "Let go! Be still!"

I told her she had to be still so I could get the stinger out. She was in pain and it was already swelling and she was not very trusting of me at the moment, so I had to physically hold her still so she would calm enough so I could remove it gently. She took deep breaths, stilled, and let me remove it .

And isn't that just like us as Christians sometimes? We go through stings in life and we want to instantly get wide eyed, frantic, pace the floors, and scream. Sometimes we  won't let go of what's causing that sting, sometimes driving it down even further, and then we wonder why it hurts so bad?

And all along He's saying:

Be still, and know that I am God.- Psalm 46:10
Be still and know He has a plan for you, be still and know the very thing that's causing that sting in your life?  He'll remove it, you just need to trust Him.  Be still and let Him fight the battle for you (Exodus 14:14) It's hard to hear instruction when you're flailing about, when you're trying to take things into your own hands.
When the storms are raging in your life, there's no use in you trying to calm them- only He can. ( Mark 4:39)

And the reason He wants us to be still?  So in the calmness we can have the peace only He can give. So in the quietness of our souls, we can hear Him clearly telling us to "let go" and trust Him to get the stinger out.

This devotional was written from the heart of Melanie Evans. I also write on my personal blog . I pray  this devotional blesses you. Grace to you, in Jesus' name.

1 comment:

  1. Yes Mel, in the storms of our life HE is the only one that can speak peace to it and we must trust HIM as hard as it is sometimes. I love you. Pamela Britt Malone