The past few weeks have seen numerous changes in my life. In a whirlwind of events, almost happening one right after another, I negotiated to purchase a company that I have worked at for 14 years, left a pulpit position of 2.5 years, and have been working on installing a hot tub for health benefits and a room addition to our home in order to move the business from an office to our home.
Not only that, but I have been asked to speak at a gospel meeting in a few weeks, teach a VBS class a few weeks ago, went on a camping vacation, and had an annual insurance screening.
I am feeling better physically, spiritually, and emotionally than I have in a really long time!
Last night, my wife and daughter and I sat down to watch a movie at our home. We do this about once or twice a month in our media room. It is like we turn off the world when we turn on the movie.
Just before Abigail joined us, Kristie looked at me and said "Be still and know that I am God." She asked "isn't that the way the verse goes?" Of course she was referring to Psalm 46:10. I answered in the affirmative and said "why did you say that?" Her response was a simple one, yet echoed in my ear all night long and all morning today.
"You have been all over the place this past few weeks. One day you are moving your office, the next you are talking about new preaching positions..." She was right. The past few weeks have been insanely crazy with thoughts, ideas, scheduling, and so on. With seeking a new preaching position, taking full ownership of the company, looking to move the office, everyday activities of being a husband and father, and some other items of change that I am not able to talk about just yet...I have not been still....physically, or emotionally.
I didn't include spiritually in that statement for a reason. That reason is because I have been more spiritually active in the past few weeks than in a really long time as I lean on God for better understanding of where He wants me to go, wants me to learn, wants me to grasp. It is hard sometimes to know what to decide in certain things, and I have asked for prayers multiple times from friends, family, and the church recently.
I thought I was "waiting on God," but, truly I must not have been as much as I should be with Kristie reminding me of this "mantra" verse. My God has blessed me so immensely in times of my own weakness, my own prosperity, my own simple life, and I need to "be still" and wait more on Him!
Psalm 68:10 is on the bottom of my personal email signature.
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation."
Did you see that? Daily loadeth us with benefits!
God will be there for me. God will direct me - if I am willing to follow Him. God is the One who daily loads my life with benefits to overcome burdens, to overcome adversity, to live a blessed life, and to finally - "Be still and know that I am God."
Friends, let's all learn a lesson in our lives. Let's all learn to be still. It isn't that difficult. We just have to trust in Him!
God loves you!