It’s a new year, Dear Reader. Are you ready for new adventures, new hopes and dreams? Are you prepared for new challenges to your faith, your family, your dreams? I must admit that I vacillate between being excited for what the new year holds, and feeling a bit daunted by the same thing. Does that ever happen to you?
Tom and I are hoping to successfully navigate a couple of major life changes this year. We’ve prayed and talked and planned and prayed some more. We’re comfortable with what we believe the Lord is guiding us to do. As we all know, that doesn’t mean changes won’t bring their own brand of crazy.
This past year, I began to be aware that the Lord calls us to be still in the midst of life.
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.
1 Samuel 12: 16 RSV
Have you noticed, Dear Reader, that the world around you seems to come into sharper focus when you are still? When my brain slows down, when I am still, there seem to be discoveries waiting to be savored.
But life is not made up of constant bliss is it, Dear Reader, and seasons of stillness can seem few and far between? As much as I enjoy the Lord’s presence when I am still, I think I drawer closer to Him in the crazy.
When the craziness of life’s tasks and trials threaten to overwhelm, I can rely on the stillness of the Lord.
Even though I am afflicted and needy,
Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me.
You are my help and my rescuer.
O my God, do not delay.
Psalm 40: 17 AMP
None of it matters, Dear Reader, praise God, it just doesn’t matter! The Lord promises to still be with us come bliss or bane. It doesn’t get any better than that. Will you join me, Dear Reader, during 2020 in seeking the Lord’s presence in stillness, His and ours?