When we moved into our home I wanted to put up art with scripture on it. We’ve lived here several years now and I have only a few scriptures on our walls. I love drawing and painting so I decided to paint some verses that have meant a lot to me through my life.
Recently there was a death in my family that has left my head full of questions with answers that either weren’t there or hard to swallow. Family dynamics, that I’m not sure what to do with, have been brought out from their neatly packaged places in my heart and into the light, leaving my head in a whirl and my heart weighed down. With my head in a fog and a pit in front of me, eagerly waiting to consume me, I came to my breaking point. I looked to the heavens and cried, “Lord, help me! Please help me!” It wasn’t long before I heard two words echo in my head. “Be still.” For the next several hours I not only heard those words but I pondered on them. I knew it was a Bible verse and I remember hearing those words at other times in my life. I decided these would be great words to hang on my wall.
Be still…I painted those words on the canvas but it seemed so plain. It needed more. My intention was to put the rest of the verse but I found two similar verses. Which one should I put? Exodus 14:14 “Be still the Lord will fight for you” or Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”? I felt these were the same but didn’t know why. What does that mean anyway, know that I am God? I know you are God. What are you saying here Lord? As I dug deeper I began to understand.
Be at rest
Quit wrestling, warring, controlling, or manipulating. Quit trying to figure it all out. Don’t fret or be anxious. Quite down, settle down. Be at rest. (If you’re at rest, you’re not anxiously stirring with your heart pounding through your chest.)
Know that I am God. The Lord will fight for you. I, the Lord…the One who held mountains in His hand, the One who weighed the islands on His scale, the One who breathed life into your lungs… He’s the One who has the final say.
The final say about who you are and who you are not. The final say about life and death. The final say about your healing. The final say about your victory. The final say about which way to go and when you will get there.
Know that this…this problem or trial or situation, is not your weight to bear. Jesus already bore the weight of sin and death on His shoulders.
Be still. Know that I am God. I will fight for you. The Lord will take care of you. He’s got this. Nothing is to hard for Him. Nothing is impossible for Him. He knows the truth and He knows which direction to go. Your only job in this situation is to trust Him and let God do what only He can do.
I still have unanswered questions and things I may never come to understand. Yet, I know that I can rest in the fact that God is good, He is in control, and He loves and cares about me. I can sit with a quiet heart, even in the midst of uncertainty because I trust Him.