Thursday, April 23, 2015

Be Still So I Can Help You!

This morning I took my dogs for a walk.  Sadie, my bichon poodle, had a loose collar which wedged its way into her mouth like a bridle, as I gently tugged on her leash.  She reminded me of a wild horse kicking profusely.  I picked her up to take her collar off, but she was flailing around so much I couldn’t even get to the release button.  I found myself telling her repeatedly to be still.    

This situation made me wonder, how often do we overreact when something difficult comes our way?  If Sadie had cooperated, she would have been set free a lot faster.   She really prolonged the process by resisting my efforts to help her.

God is always with us in good times and in bad.  We should look to Him when we don’t understand the things that feel like traps to us.   

Here’s some suggestions on how to get through difficult things:

1.             Be physically still.  Go to a quiet place. It says in Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know He is God."

2.             With paper and pen in hand (or an electronic device), write out what is going on.  Let go of the things you can’t change and ask God to help you.  I like to do it in the form of a letter to God.

3.             If there are people to forgive, do so on paper first.  Later if painful thoughts arise, stop the video in your head and forgive verbally to yourself.  Then play another movie instead. Repeat the process as needed. 

4.             Ask God to show you what it is you are supposed to do.  Often “Be still” is followed by an instruction. 

5.             Follow God’s instructions. 

I find often if I let things go on paper, I hear God’s voice much more clearly.  Scriptures start going through my mind, and I find the answers I need.  As a friend put it, “It’s as if the answer comes at the tip of your pen.” 

Some trials are easy fixes like releasing Sadie from her collar, but other times things are more involved and take time.  If you are facing things right now that are complicated, God is still with you.  He wants to release you and set you free.    

Just rest assured, God is working on your behalf whether you can see it or not.  Trust him.  Do the things you know to do and leave the rest to Him.

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