Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Be Still and Know...

My mom had a really bad night Sunday night. It scared all of us. Needless to say, noone got much sleep. The quiet drive back to my house (at 2am in the morning), with no other cars on the road-no other noises, gave me some time alone just to be quiet and listen to the Lord. Amidst all the sadness, fear, and hurt, there was still an overwhelming sense of comfort and peace. It's hard to understand and it's hard to describe, but as believers in Christ, I know you know what I'm talking about.

Over and over, God kept reminding me to just be still and know...know that He is God, know that He is in control, know that He has a plan, know that everything will be ok.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse that God is constantly putting in my mind. "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans to help you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future."

Some days are harder that others, but God knows what is going on, I just need to remember that and to 'be still and know'...

1 comment:

  1. Carrie just lent me a book last night called Desiring God by John Piper, and he makes the following comment in the Preface:

    "Biblically, I have not been able to escape, in these passing years, that we are appointed to suffer for the advancement of the kingdom in the world. 'Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God' (Acts 14:22). Yes, but also others must enter the kingdom through our tribulations. 'I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation' (2 Timothy 2:10). 'I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith' (Philippians 2:17). 'If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation' (2 Corinthians 1:6). It is clearer to me now than ever . . . that the final saving purposes of God in the world will triumph only through the loving sacrifice of suffering."

    I can't even imagine how scary and lonely this time feels, but I hope it's comforting to be reminded that others are encouraged in their faith and drawn closer to the Lord (maybe even meeting Him for the first time and placing their faith in Him) because of the way you handle your suffering.

    Praying for peace, comfort, and strength for all of you, especially for your mom.


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