“Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again.” This is a quote from Sarah Young, author of the Jesus Calling book.
This quote is so powerful to me and reminds me of how God’s thoughts are so different than are thoughts. When I was going through cancer treatment, there was so much time I had to be still. I was on disability, unable to work. Many of my hours were spent sleeping, lying on the couch with no energy, lying on the couch fighting the nausea monster, or feeling so weak I could barely get off the couch. I never thought of these time of stillness as my most powerful growth times with God. “Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.”
It’s amazing what can go on in a quiet mind and a quiet spirit. We invite God to do His work. Instead of thinking of worry, or what we are not able to do, He invites us to reap the benefits of stillness-His strength in us. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Wow! Made perfect? Yes, it says made perfect. God wants us to trust Him in the uncomfortable quiet times, in the sick times, in all times. God has many good gifts to give us if we just listen and trust. Isaiah 30:15 says, “…in quietness and trust is your strength.”
Thank you God for being with us always!
What challenges do you find sitting in stillness? In the difficulty how has God spoken to you?
Christine Magnus Moore