The hardest thing to do most times is to be still. Fretting is easy. Being worried takes no effort at all. But being still? It takes every ounce of self-control we can muster.
I'm not very good at it. In fact, I hate waiting. Waiting on anything or anyone. But I've come to learn that beautiful things happen when we just decide to be still.
But Moses answered, "Don't be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today. You will never see the Egyptians again after today. You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you
Exdous 14: 13-14 NCV (emphasis added by myself)
I love the simplicity of those two verses.
Here's the context:
The Israelites had left Egypt. Pharaoh, his army, his horses and chariots pursued after them. They caught up with the Israelites while they were camped by the Red Sea. A dead end. No where to run. And when the Israelites saw the army of Egyptians, they complained to Moses. Asked him why he hadn't left them alone in Egypt. Told him it would've been better if they'd died in Egypt. They were undoubtedly scared to death.
They saw danger up ahead. And they thought there was nothing they could do about it. Death stared them in the face. The Red Sea a giant obstacle before them. The Egyptians mocked them from afar off. Surely, it was the end of them. I can imagine them, crying, screaming. Women holding on to their children, trying to speak the few soothing words they could think of. The men shouted at Moses. The elders thought back to their life of slavery...an enticing lifestyle to the sudden death that awaited them.
What would you have done? What would I have done?
Certainly NOT be still. Probably run around like a headless chicken. Lol.
But in the midst of trouble - excuse the understatement - Moses didn't fall down to his knees to cry out "I'm not cut out for this job! You ungrateful people should figure things out for yourself!"
No, he spoke a couple of lines, coated with wisdom. You see, he knew then what we ought to know today. He knew then, what would later be echoed in the scriptures (Psalm 46:10; Psam 37:7).
It doesn't mean standing in a corner not doing anything. It means trusting God enough to not fret. Trusting Him enough to let Him do His thing - even if 'His thing' doesn't fall in line with our own plans. It means staying calm and simply praising God for who He is, what He's doing and what He's done.
We all know how He delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians. A beautiful mind-blowing turn of events.
Beautiful things come out of being still before God.
Why don't you be still, step aside, and watch Him open up your Red Sea.
And if you're caught in a raging storm of decisions that have to be made, be still. Only then will you hear Him speak.
How have you been still lately?
Hoping you have all had a lovely weekend and an awesome Sunday,
Much love, Funto.