As the Spirit led me to my keyboard this morning, I was pleasantly surprised. It has been quite a while since He has placed words in my heart to share with others through these posts.
I sat down, and immediately started praying for His guidance in what I was to write. It went a little something like this...
"Dear, God. Please lay Your words upon my heart. Am I to write about strength? Am I to write about selfishness? Am I to write about loneliness? Am I to write about this? Am I to write about that? Am I? Am I? This? That?"
Abruptly, He stopped me with a simple, "Silence."
I smiled. He always proves to know me better than I ever anticipate. I thought I needed to offer suggestions and ideas, like it was a brainstorming meeting. [Seriously, Self?] But He knew exactly what I needed. I needed to shut up and just listen. In our silence, He is able to offer assurance and peace.
"Come to Me, and rest in My Peace. My face is shining upon you, in rays of Peace transcending understanding. Instead of trying to figure things out yourself, you can relax in the Presence of the One who knows everything." from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
He reminded me that I do not fix things, I do not control outcomes, and I certainly do not run His show. He is sovereign, and His plan for all of us is much bigger and better than we could imagine with our racing, narrow minds.
Our silence may not be natural, but it is much needed.
I have a physical struggle with being still and silent. I often cave to the sinful pressures of filling my time with anything and everything except for what truly matters--Christ. Instead of resting in His peace and presence, I feel the need to fix, clean, feed on attention, update social media, organize, write, read, shop, you name it! I have a selfish desire for instant achievement, gratification, and recognition.
Blind faith goes directly against the nature of being a planner. Being silent and resting on faith has been hard, but His hand offers the best feeling of comfort I have ever known! Even though I have no idea where He is leading me, I can be certain it is in the right direction.
Remember: silence is not synonymous with loneliness. Although you can't always hear His voice or sense His presence, He is with you! Not only is He with you, but He is the best company one could ever have.
During this busy holiday season, I pray that you do not lose sight of Christ and the Cross. Rest in His peace and promise. Do not fall to the pressures of solely controlling your future. Listen, trust, and follow.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for reading.