Be Still and Know

My mom tells the story of me at nine month and how a favorite toy, a ball, dropped out of my playpen… I climbed out, retrieved it and sat down and played with it. The next day the same thing happened except it rolled away… Mom was thinking, maybe I will start crawling finally… However when I climbed out I landed on my feet… I didn’t crawl… I ran and never stopped again!

There are times as an adult where it’s hard to just be still… It seems life gets in the way… Even life wrought with mental health issues… Those non-stop crazy thoughts that need to come under control… Even when my “mental health” life is managed, those thoughts are close…

Part of the managing is keeping those thoughts at bay… 2 Cor 10:3-5 talks about thoughts. Verse 5b (NLT): We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ)

Ephesians 6:10-17 Put on the full armour of God… The helmet of salvation (goes with capturing those thoughts) and the sword of the Spirit – the word of God…

Some days it’s easier than others… Even weeks or months before it gets really hard… But it’s always close… And important to remember how close… When life is “easy” I tend to rely more on myself and less on God… A predictable trait we all have as humans…

Being still and knowing doesn’t have to be hours or minutes… Sometimes it is just stopping to breathe for 1 second… Quickly recall that God is there with us and remember a better time when we had that deep and long peace that can’t be described…

As for my mom… Well you know the parents curse? The one that goes: someday you are going to have a child just like you… And I did… 3 beautiful and very busy children actually… Now that they are adults, I will get to sit back and watch…

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