God’s timing is perfect, and the other day as I was grocery shopping, God placed this truth on my heart as I was picking up my usual coffee grounds, which I have since ran out of. Though I am at peace with knowing that God has the future under control, as a young woman, I wonder about certain things that will happen in my life, and as an adult, I know most other adults do too. Who will I marry, where will I live when I am married, will my future husband like the baby names I like, what will happen after I am soon to graduate with my teaching degree, and so forth are questions that have gone through my mind in the past.
“There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
However, as mentioned, I have been at peace with God’s timing, and I understand that all things happen for a reason, for God knows what happens behind the scenes to what we may not see. That job that you didn’t get could have lead to your demise or that relationship might not of happened due to them not being the one, for God was protecting us from what could have been bad for us, for though a way may seem good to us, in the eyes of God, it leads to our destruction.
Therefore, He placed this on my heart during this moment, for I had asked God about the future, and He began to lay several verses upon my heart, and I knew God was telling me “I have it all under control,” and I felt peace. However, when I look at sermons and whatnot, people only talk about the excitement in the “changing of seasons” more than being still in the unknown, and while anticipating a new season is hopeful, we must also learn how to be still now rather than later.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Be still because God is in control, be still because God is the one who writes the story, not us, and be still for though there may be silence, God is at work; however, there are times where we find ourselves constantly running, or where we keep finding themselves in dead ends, ruts, and burnouts, but though we find ourselves in those places, we must remember the phrase “be still,” for though God may be silent or at work, we must know who is in control.
The reason we keep finding ourselves in the same dead ends or tus is because we aren’t being still long enough for God to work, and the reason we keep finding ourselves at the same conclusion, is because we are trying to control the pen rather than giving God the pen. Trust me, this post used to be a lesson I had to learn a few years ago, but when you learn to slow down and be still, you will grow in God, you will see that it is not by your time, but it is by his, and though it may be quiet and still, God is still there and He knows what He is doing.
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Your friends, co-workers, or family members may be doing what you desire, but God has not forgotten you, so instead of panicking and worrying, be still and trust that God hasn’t forgotten you, for He has not. Each person’s purpose is different, and you cannot expect God to rush in your life due to the seasons of others, for they may be at a different area of life than what you are, and that is okay, for God wants you to learn things in this season before entering the next.
Being still not only allows you to give your trust fully to God, but it shows God that you are being obedient in Him, for what if Ruth disobeyed? What if Ruth was not still, and what if Esther wanted things done her way and not God’s way? When we try to control the outcomes, we find out that the outcomes we wanted end up hurting us rather than benefiting us, and due our disobedience, we could prolong the waiting season just like the Israelites did.
If the Israelites would have trusted God, they would not have wandered for forty years, and though God did bring them to the Promised Land, it was much later than what it should have been, but due to them not being still, their actions made them reap those consequences, and they same could happen to us as well.
If God can prolong the blessing of the Israelites, then He can do the same to us until we learn to trust Him; therefore, instead of trying to rush and do things our way, Be still, go where God leads you, and allow God to work His Will into your life even if it is not in accordance with the list of things you wanted to occur.
His Will is much better than ours, for out will is based on what we think we want. Our wants can be impacted by various variables, but God is not moved by the world, so why worry about what you cannot control when God has it handled? Why try to control something that is out of your control when God already knows how the story will unfold?
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
His timing is better than mine, He plan is better than mine, and what He wants may be different that what I want, but God’ plans are better than what I could ever imagine, and with that being said, I am still, I want God to work within me. I want Him to change the things that need to be changed in my heart, I want God to mold me into the person He wants me to be, and I want Him to guide me in His will and not my own, for what I think is good may not be good for me in the long run.
I want to be still so I can watch the Master at work, I want to be still so I can hear the gentle whispers of His grace, and I want to be still so I can grow in the meekness of His mercy, for we cannot grow when our hearts are restless, but we grow when we are content in His presence.
“But Ruth said:
“Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;” Ruth 1:16
Today, I declare God to be the author of my life, and even if things go differently than what I expected, that is okay, for God knows what He’s doing, so who am I to question God? If He can split the sea, then He can make ways in my life, and He can defeat the grave, then no mountain is too big for God to handle; therefore, I am going to be still and know that God is in control, so where God goes, I will go, for He is the way, the truth, and the life, and I shall not depart from Him.
Also, to give more detail on my featured image, I was Bible Journaling the other night, and I created this watercolor painting in my Bible of “Be Still,” for when I hear the words “be still,” I am reminded of the stillness of the night; therefore, I thought I’d share it with you as well. When I am not writing, I am usually painting, making calligraphy art, and Bible Journaling, so I thought I would share my artwork, for I love to illustrate for God’s glory in both words and in art!