Have you ever rolled your eyes when you hear Let Go and Let God or Be Still and Know I am God – or what about Be Still, the Lord will fight for you. I have and still do sometimes. Sometimes I want to scream out loud at what feels like cliché statements. I “know” the Truth but my heart is exploding in the reality of a given situation. How can I be still with so much at stake? When will God move? Isn’t letting go giving up? WTH?
It’s the Monday after a week long stay-cation – a week of pajamas, naps, reading, Netflix, piddling. And I don’t know about your Mondays but mine are pretty much eaten up with busy work, organizing/planning for the week, meeting with staff members, etc – all that life sucking but necessary minutiae that makes an office work. As a result, as I set out to write this afternoon, it’s from an empty place – so a little cheating today with an opening quote…
Waiting is not passive surrender. Waiting is not life on hold. Waiting is a verb. It means using the moment to gain perspective, to lean on One who sees the unseen future, and to know that God has not forsaken. It means we claim our understanding of time is different than the clock God uses. Waiting is a verb. Waiting is not the enemy of life; it is the friend of being. Al Cadenhead, Jr., God’s Call to Be: When Being Precedes Doing
Waiting on God is not giving up – in fact, it is an opportunity to cease and rest – it is not succumbing to the pressures of life, it is being still and claiming the assurance of God’s presence. Again, I’ve said a many of time, easier said than done when life is unmanageable and I’m at my wits end. But isn’t that what faith is about – that which we cannot see? Hasn’t he promised in 1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—
Final thought – I fight with God all the time – we have heated debates and I am not afraid of telling him exactly how I feel about clichés during certain seasons – but here’s the deal – my favorite story in the Bible is Jacob wrestling with God – From Got Questions “He confronts his failures, his weaknesses, his sins, all the things that are hurting him . . . and faces God. Jacob wrestled with God all night. It was an exhausting struggle that left him crippled. It was only after he came to grips with God and ceased his struggling, realizing that he could not go on without Him, that he received God’s blessing (Genesis 32:29). ”
Here’s to Mondays, wrestling, and being still
xoxox – DM