“Be still, and know…”
Hello blog readers.
Tonight, I wanted to be alone. I wanted some alone time to pray. It’s one horrific story after another rocking this nation. People are mourning, outraged, shocked, and terrified. I wanted to go somewhere to pray where no one would hear me, or see me if I cried. So I got in the shower.
I prayed in the shower for a while, asking for some pretty big things… Peace and protection for every single person in the latest city under attack…. Destroy the spirit of fear, revenge, hate in their atmosphere. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12) That’s a job only God can handle.
While I’m in my place of prayer, my son – who I thought was asleep- yells through the door, “Mom!!!!!!” It startled me. I asked what’s wrong? .. and he says in a near-panic voice, “My ear!!! Something is shocking my ear!”
I answered, “I don’t understand. What do you mean? Is something poking you in your ear that might be sticking out of the mattress?” He said, “Noooo mom, my ear… something is sticking me!!!” The troubling of his voice concerned me, so from the shower, I wrapped the shower curtain around me and stuck my head out and told him to come so I could look. He pointed at the tiniest speck of a pimple on the outer part of his ear. There was a tiny white dot, where a pimple was forming. I told him, “Son, it looks like a pimple is forming in that spot. It will probably tingle a little or be a little sore, but it will be ok.” He was satisfied with my answer, and went back to bed.
As soon as he left, the Holy Spirit helped me understand something. My son called on me for something that was of huge concern to him. To me, it was a small pimple. He was uncomfortable, and came to me for help. I was in the middle of intimate prayer, in the shower. My initial instinct wasn’t to say, I’m busy, or wait until I come out of the shower. I immediately called him to me. I was concerned about what troubled him. This isn’t to pat myself on the back, because any other day I would have told him to wait. I have a rule with him. Don’t bother me when I’m worshiping (unless you want to worship too) or praying — unless it’s an emergency. But tonight was different. From my perspective, his dilemma was something I knew would be healed in a short amount of time. And if need be, I’ll give whatever treatment in my power to that pimple until he’s comfortable.
If we wouldn’t hesitate to tend to the needs of our children, even in the smallest knicks and bruises — how much more would God tend to our broken and terrified hearts? He actually invites us to throw our burdens on Him.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Nothing is too big for Him. The only thing he cannot do is lie.
It’s never a bad time to approach Him in prayer. He’s never too busy. There is never an inappropriate time to pray. You’re His child, and He cares for you. You’re never an inconvenience. Talk to Him. Tell Him your worries, and concerns.. and trust Him to work on your behalf. His thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and His timing is Perfect. So don’t think He has to answer you in “your” way or “your” timing. His decision is always the right decision. We’re not promised a pain-free life. We’re promised Him, and He gives strength to get through every situation that Satan hopes will crush us.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Nothing in this world can, or ever will, catch Him by surprise. The enemy is a liar. He comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy hopes and deeply desires to kill, steal, and destroy our faith in God’s promises — and he will do anything to convince us that God has left us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.