Do you know how to be still before God?
Being still awakens us to God’s surrounding love. It’s easier to be still if you spend time with God in the morning—before turning on any electronics. If I dare turn my phone or computer on first, God ends up getting the dregs of my attention, and I get less of His blessing. It’s not that we have to earn His love; it’s difficult to notice His voice above the buzz of social media notifications.
Today I’d like to share an example of what happens when I follow my own advice on being still:
(Here’s the podcast version of today’s message.)
I came to the garden of God one morning craving fullness of joy. He met my need. His sacred love embraced my aching heart.
God’s whispers remind me of when a hint of floral fragrance wafted over a garden hedge I walked by. I knew there was a flower garden behind the evergreen wall, but I couldn’t see it. God’s like this too.
He’s ever-present but not quite visible in the same way someone’s estate is once we’ve passed through their front gate.
The evidence of God’s Presence is all around us as creation calls attention to its Maker; however, we need to take the time to enter His Presence and linger long enough to enjoy the perfume of His glory.
So often we walk by His garden, oblivious to the fragrance of His grace, until adversity shakes us awake. Adversity helps us sit still long enough—be still long enough—that we drink in the love He desires to lavish on us.
That morning, tired from an unsatisfying and restless sleep, I listened to the words of Psalm 125:2 NIV as I read them aloud to myself several times.
I lingered over the words: surround and forevermore. I allowed them to sink in—to drop like dew over the soil of my sadness. And as I repeated them, I noticed His Spirit surrounding and embracing me with love, peace, and joy. For you see, the verse is true because His Word is Truth.
The Lord surrounds those who trust Him.
It’s an ongoing embrace—a forevermore hug from our Father.
I surrendered to His surrounding love.
I wrote the verse in my journal.
I wrote it on a Post-it note and stuck it on my desk calendar because I wanted it to stick to my heart and help me do the next thing He required of me.
Some gifts are a blend of grief and goodness
when a letting go of the old is required
to make room for the new.
I sensed God was asking me to let go of some old things to make room for the new gifts He was ushering in. I needed to toss away my tattered comfort-zone-blanket and embrace a new covering of a future I hadn’t planned on. He wanted to work through me to prosper others, because:
People matter more than pocketbooks.
People matter to God more than this planet does. He’s going to toss out this old earth and bring in a new one for the people He’s surrounded with His forevermore love.
This is the plan I need to surrender to—to embrace.
But it’s going to require me to enter His gate each morning with trust and praise in my heart. I may not always enter joyfully, but I need to enter fully so that I leave with fullness of joy because I’ve lingered long enough to see, taste, and savor His goodness.
There is only one entrance to His garden–Jesus, and we must hold Christ’s hand for the whole journey. We may let go momentarily, but He won’t let go of us. He waits for us to be still enough to notice He’s still right beside us.
He waits for us to surrender to His surrounding, forevermore love.
God’s love is sweeter
Than the aroma of a rose
For His fragrant grace embraces
All who’ve come to know
And each soul is counted
More precious than pure gold
Because a crown of thorns pierced
His Son who died and rose.
Be Still Blessings ~ Wendy
What’s your favorite strategy for facilitating stillness before God? I’m nosy-to-know.
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