Be Still....And Know.
Four words that I wear every day on a bangle I acquired back in April. At this point, said bangle which is made of pewter is as tarnished as a penny from 1860 that's seen it's day in countless coin purses and probably an occasional night or two on the floor of a grocery store parking lot. Yet every day I continue to slip it on, snug next to my Fitbit. Because in between the dappled dark spots of oxidation, I can still read those words.
And each time I glance down, it's a reminder and a message so in contrast to the words and memes that fill my social media feeds with sayings like "you must create your own opportunities" and "the best way to predict the future is to create it" and "get up and grind." I certainly think there's a place in each day for working hard and having goals to work towards. We're called to be hard workers and present in the jobs we've been given. We're called to take care of our bodies which requires smart food choices and physical activity.
But creating my future? Making what I want just happen as if I were baking a cake and it's a matter of grabbing some eggs and sugar and throwing them all together? I've taken a different perspective on that one in these past months. Because I can't. Even typing those words out makes me tense up because I tend to be a very "can do" girl. I can do those push-ups on my toes. I can learn and talk knowledgeably about something called Market Penetration that has way too many rules. I can.
So to say I can't and be still...literally...stop, do nothing. That's been a challenging lesson this year. Which is why I'm so thankful for the other half of this verse...."And know that I am God."
When I am still, I am not just abandoning my hopes, dreams, fears, worries, desires...I am leaving them in the capable hands of God....who CAN do anything.
I keep this picture on my phone. Yes I know that it's just a picture of Mel Gibson talking to the actor that played Jesus in Passion of the Christ. But when I look at it, it's such a reminder to me of how present the Lord is. I imagine Mel Gibson is me....and you...and no matter where we go, there is Jesus...covered in proof of His love for us...sitting next to us, listening to exactly what troubles our hearts.
And we're never alone. And that's exactly why we can be still.