Friday, September 7, 2012

When Coming to the End of Yourself Leads to Deeper Faith

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Ever Gotten to the End of Yourself?

“...Be still and know that I AM God.”     Psalm 46:10a

I love this scripture. I know it’s true. If I am settled, resting, and quietly seeking, I have a sense of God’s presence. If I go on a quiet walk, praying as I go, I feel very close to God. If I slow down or give God some time before my busy day begins, I know God.

But just today, I looked up at my bulletin board, and the words struck me in a new way. I had just gotten a note from a dear friend. She has been on a bit of an odyssey with one of her beloved daughters. There have been myriad health problems, multiple doctors of varying specialties, a long even agonizingly long amount of time that has passed, and NO ANSWERS! Whatever is going on is still a mystery.

Can you imagine? Very unsettling, very hard to sit still with this situation, easy to relentlessly question God, to ruminate, obsess, stress.

This friend is one of my best friends. I know her well. We have in common the ability to let our imaginations run amuck, to worry, to try and figure out what to DO. My friend is not the type to sit still. She’s a problem solver, a caretaker…and a mother bear who will do anything to protect and care for her cub.

But despite the circumstances, there was something in my friend’s words that rang of peace. “Please pray for my daughter. Her health and recovery are truly in God’s hands…have never felt more reliant on God’s healing power.”

Her faith struck me. I felt it’s power, it’s peace, it’s blessed assurance. I sense my friend has come to the end of herself…her answers, her thoughts, her ability to solve this problem. And it’s brought her to a deeper surer purer faith.

Just as I finished reading my friend’s words, I looked up and saw The Word… “Be still and know that I am God.”

And I realized, the scripture is not “Be still and know God.” It’s “Be still and know that I AM GOD.”
I am everything you need.
I am peace.
I am love.
I am joy in the midst of pain.
I am faith.
I am the healer.
Know that I AM.

I think my friend knows. How about you? Who is God to you? Fill in the blank in the Comments below.
I AM...

A Note of Prayer: Please pray that God would reveal deep and hidden things that we know not of, regarding this precious young woman and that she will be restored to health and soon, according to God’s will and in Jesus’ name, Amen.

3 comments:

  1. I think it is also interesting to point out that it says, "I am God" (i.e. we're not!)...just a good clarification to consider...Aunt Susie told me her friend reminded her the other day..."There is a God, and you're not it!"

    I love this quote from Blasie Pascal on the note of being STILL:
    "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone."

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    1. Daniel...awesome to hear your thoughts. We really do act like we are God and try to convince ourselves we have control. In some ways, it can bring peace to remind ourselves we are not called to be self-reliant, though this is valued so highly today.
      Love the Pascal quote. It's taken me a long time to get to the point that I can be alone and not feel lonely. If you can do this now, you're way ahead of me. Blessings!

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