May 24, 2013

Be Still

The phone rings in the night...
Be still.
The kids disobey for the tenth time this hour...
Be still.
The job offer does not come in...
Be still.

Your husband is late...
Be still.
The car breaks down...
Be still.

You just don't think you can do this any more...
Be still and know that I am God.
How many times has this happened to you?  How many times today will this to happen?  Where a problem arises, big or small, and your stress, anxiety, temper, is raised or your peace of mind is lost.  1 Peter 5:7 says, ...casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.  But do you?  Do you take God at His word? 
Do I?
We take so many people at their word.  We know that the doctors will do all they can.  God can do more. We know that the banker will handle the financial issues we intrust to them. God is greater then money.  We know the people around us that we can trust.  God is in whom we should trust.  We know our strengths and limits.  God knows the number of hairs on our head.
But often when we read the various and numerous promises of God, we nod and move on.  As if they have become the norm or the everyday.  The, "Yes, yes, I know - but...." and it's that but that gets you....gets me.
Be still and know that I am God.
Not too long ago I had the chance to settle this thought in my soul - to see this verse and then let it take hold, take root in me.
I was sitting drinking my morning cup of coffee when the phone rang, my husband answered it.  It was our realtor.  I could tell by his tone that this wasn't just a friendly call.  There was a concern, an issue with our old house.  The one we had sold...months prior!  Something in regards to the drive way.
Instantly my heart raced.  My anxiety soared.  What!?! How could this be?  We settled everything!  God, why?  Why now?
Then my eyes fell on my mug...
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and offered up a prayer.
I'm sorry Lord.  I'm so sorry.  You have this. YOU are God.  YOUR will be done.  Thank you for this reminder.  Please resolve this issue and if not, then lead us through it.  You alone are in control and I praise You. Thank you Lord. Thank you!
Instantly my anxiety left, my racing heart slowed and peace returned.  I took a long drink from my cup.  I sighed.  Why do I let my anxiety take hold of me and so quickly too?  Why is that my first response?  When I know I should turn to Him, trust in Him.  Why can't I just be still?
The phone call ended, my husband had talked with our realtor and they had worked it all out.  She would call if there were any other concerns or if the problem wasn't fully resolved.
I was still. 

We never received another call on the matter.
Over the last year and a half I have learned much about trusting God.  Sometimes voluntarily, sometimes by being forced into very uncomfortable situations.  But through it all my God was there.  That day, when our realtor called and my eyes fell on that mug, has stayed with me.  I smile every time I pull this mug out from the cupboard.  It's like a little nod from God, saying...well saying just what it does,
Be still and know that I am God. 
And I am...and I do.



  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kaitlin - this is one the most profound posts I've read in a long time. (not from you - but, meaning in all over blog land) ... what a wonderful testimony.

    This rattled me - in a good way.


    1. Gee, thanks Bevy! I didn't know it would be profound - just honest! :) I'm glad it rattled you, in a good way! He rattles me like this, often! It's good!! :)

  2. Amen. Beautiful post. I have always loved this verse...have not always lived it out...still don't. But oh it is so wonderful when God impresses this stillness deep in our hearts and to know the peace that passes understanding. We are secure in Him, always!

  3. I love this verse...and this mug. It is my favorite of all when I come to drink tea at your house. I love too how you trust our heavenly Father with a child-like faith that profounds me. As I recently told your younger brothers-in-law, "God's got this."

  4. Proof positive that those mugs with verses do indeed bless! His word (wherever we happen to find it) is alive and for us TODAY! I loved this post...

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. Thank you, I needed these words today. Things are in such a state of flux right now, it's hard to be still. But as I read this post now, I felt peace steal over me. My whole body relaxed. Thank you very much Kaitlin!

    1. Thank you Sreekala, for your comment and for visiting my blog! I am thankful this spoke to you and that the Lord used it to give you peace! Rest in Him, He will carry you through anything and everything you are facing!! ♥

  6. Thanks for the reminder. I have a mug with "the joy of the Lord is your strength" written on it. It is the knowledge of who God is that makes being still possible.


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