Sometimes I need a redo. I just need to take a step back, get some wise counsel, and then be still. I
am at a place like this in my life right now. Nothing--absolutely nothing--grounds me better than spending time in God's Word surrounded by the beauty of nature. My soul quiets, my busy thoughts disappear, and I can hear His voice again--whispering His love, reassurance, and grace into my parched soul. I write. I pour out my heart to Him with pen and paper. It is healing. Most importantly, I finally listen . . . I shut out the busy thoughts crowding out His Spirit--the arguments that rage on in my mind, casting doubt, distrust, anxiety, chaos into my soul. I just sit, surrounded by these beautiful trees; breathe in, breathe out . . . be still. Listen. Be filled.
"Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;" Ps. 37:7a
"Be still, and know that I am God . . . " Ps. 46:10a
"Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling." Zech. 2:13
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Ex. 14:14
Be still . . . Be still . . . Be still . . .
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.