This morning I found myself heading down a path of thinking that used to result in me being angry and depressed all day. Then I was like, “Nope, not gonna do that. Not today.”
What used to creep into my mind, take root, and upset me is no longer calling the shots. And it’s only day 8! If this is the sort of positive change I see after a week, I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at the end of the #3030challenge.
Actually, yes I can wait. Because tonight I studied patience 🙂
You know in my research, I was able to find more Bible verses relating to patience than I was for anger and forgiveness. Patience is a big deal, apparently.
The verses I wrote down for tonight had a pretty clear message:
- The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7)
- “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
As I contemplated those two little words, I finally began to understand their profound nature. It’s easier to do bad or do good than it is to simply be still. Whether ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ doing means acting on our own accord. It means attempting to manifest what we desire in the world- and if it lines up with what God desires, then all the better.
But you know what they say about having too many cooks in the kitchen…
Even if we think we’re doing the Lord’s work, we may just be getting in the Lord’s way. And what I gather from my study is that God is active and does more without humans than He does with us. After all, God was hard at work even before the creation of man.
So as for me, I’m gonna chill. And be still.