I find so much beauty in sunsets. I’m fascinated by the beautiful portrait that it paints. I love how the sky becomes a blend of colors that range from mixtures of yellow, orange, blue and even pink. I try to catch as many sunsets as I can, and when I do; I become still in amazement of the masterpiece being painted before my eyes. I can go on and on about the beauty of the sky but I want to focus on the beauty of “stillness.”
How many of you take a moment to just be still?
There are two levels to the “Stillness” that I am referring to.
Level A: You can find an example in the picture above. I find moments to just sit still in silence and decompress from a long day. I let my thoughts flow and I embrace the moment. I may plan out some things in my head, replay my day or make a list of what I have to do for the next day. I may think about food 😋👅(mmmmmmm) and what I am going to cook later; re-evaluate some decisions I’ve made; ponder on some things to do with my son; etc. etc. etc. (You get the point ) The thought is to be still in the moment while your mind runs free ( if your busy-minded like me 🤔) or maybe you can sit still and not think about anything.
For those of you reading this that are speed readers and just skimmed through the 1st level …… ⚠ SLOW DOWN AND READ LEVEL B.
Level B: This level takes some discipline but the rewards far outweigh the effort required to be this kind of disciplined. Psalm 46:10a reads Be Still & Know That I AM GOD. This is a brief scripture that I have read and said aloud several times but it is something that I am now just learning to apply to my life. This scripture is simply a call for us to stop what we are doing and acknowledge that God . . . is God. Now I know you may be scratching your head right now so allow me to elaborate. You may ask “What should I stop doing?” and I am sooooooooooo happy you asked that question.
STOP WORRYING, STOP STRESSING, STOP BEING ANXIOUS, STOP TALKING, STOP COMPLAINING, STOP TRYING TO FIX THINGS, JUST STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING . . . .
… & SURRENDER ALL YOUR CARES TO GOD.
Now listen . . . .I know this is all easier said than done. When I was introduced to this scripture through one of my friends; I gave her the same look you are giving this screen.😒 I’m thinking the same thing you are thinking. Here were my thoughts:
Yeah . . . whatever . . . . being still is not going to get my bills paid. Being still is not going to heal me of ___________ (insert some bad health condition you have/had (God is a healer by the way) . Being still will not help me find love. Being still will not keep my boss from getting on my nerves. Being still don’t have my kids acting right. etc. etc. etc. You can insert whatever applies to you . . . . I am going to move on before I lose your attention. ☝ LOL Stay with me guys and gals.
What if I told you being still and acknowledging God is the very answer you need. I’ll help you out by giving you 4 steps:
Step 1: 🤐 Shut Up (Yes . . . Some of you needed me to say that) & stop complaining about the issues in your life. (Ephesians 4:29)
Step 2: 🙌Let it Go – Relinquish your concerns of life/your issues. (Philippians 4:6)
Step 3: 🙏Pray and have faith for what you prayed for. (Matthew 21:22)
Step 4: 😴😪Rest – Knowing that God WILL provide. (Philippians 4:19)
If you follow these steps (that is such a cliché statement . . . but it’s true) . . . . IF YOU FOLLOW THESE STEPS . . . . .with consistency . . . You will have more peace in your life.
I kindly ask that you give God a chance. I kindly ask that you slow down in life.
I kindly ask that you try . . . just try to relinquish some . . . . just some of your worries.
I kindly ask YOU . . . . to just STOP . . . . . AND
SIGNED WITH JOY (In Stillness),
JOYFULLY CHRISSY LEE