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by Janice Price
Periodically, I need to be still before God. It helps me to reconnect with Him on a deeper level than can be sustained when my days are full and I have deadlines to meet.
I have always been a low energy person who desires to live a high-energy lifestyle. I have envied those who can keep going, and going, and going, like the Energizer Bunny. No diet, vitamins or exercise program has ever helped for more than a short period of time. Sooner or later, I wind down to where I can barely hold my head above my soup bowl and wait for my battery to be recharged. As the winding down process would progress, I would inevitably fall into a stage of depression. I never wanted to be down. I wanted to be accomplishing feats and going places.
Within the last year or two I have discovered that if I can rest during these down times, there is an up side to them. I need to rest my exhausted body and mind, whether I want to or not. I have no choice in this matter. But I can also choose to rest with God. I can stand on His promises, even as I lean on a chair for support. And I can wait on Gods Roadside Service to arrive with a battery charger to zap me back into the land of the living-and-not-just-existing.
It is her patient waiting that reminded me of Gods advice to me early this morning. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) She will sit on her haunches or stand on her hind legs for long periods without moving, but she is not sleeping. She is alert to every noise and movement in the vicinity of her babies. And as I watched her, I was reminded that the best times I spend with God are the quiet ones. He speaks in the stillness and I hear His voice clearly, as I did this morning while waiting for the newspaper. When I am rushed and frantic to remember and accomplish everything I should be doing, I often overlook His companionship and His words of wisdom and guidance.
This is a good time for spiritual contemplation and renewal. In due time, God will renew my physical strength and stamina and I will de-flea the cats after trimming their sharp claws, cut the thistle vines creeping across Mothers front porch, and write my friends unique story. Until then, I need to rest on the advice God gave me today as I sat on the porch steps: Be still and know that I am God.
Maybe thats the message the Father is trying to get you to hear, too!
Author: Janice Price
Publication Date: December 5, 2002