Stop what you’re doing, and think.
What did God show you today? How did He reveal Himself?
Stop worrying about your circumstances. Stop trying to figure everything out. Stop stressing. Stop crying in despair. Stop focusing on your brokenness. Stop focusing on yourself. Stop pacing. Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing. Stop avoiding decision and indecision. Stop trying to be strong. Stop talking about your problems. Stop.
God was trying to show you something today. He wanted to show you He loves you. He wants you to know that you have purpose. He wants you to know that everything is going to be fine in the end. He wants you to be still. He wants you to rest in Him, and give Him your questions, struggles, worries, fears, problems, situations, relationships, doubts, tears, everything. Give it to Him now. He is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). He is ready to save you (Is. 38:20). He is waiting, with an ear ready to listen and a hand ready to help.
So stop. And think.
Today, I was broken. This morning and afternoon, I cried a lot. I thought selfishly. I was tried to figure everything out on my own. It wasn’t until I stopped everything I was doing and was still, that I realized I had missed something. It was almost like I could hear God saying, “My child, you worry too much.” I know I didn’t hear Him audibly, but I just knew it. Even though it hurts now, He is still in control. He can still handle it.
Be still, and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). Keep your mind on Him and trust in Him, and you will have peace (Is. 26:3). Take comfort that He is with you through it all. Check out Isaiah 43, especially verses 1-2: “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Stop. Be still. Think about what God may have shown or may be showing you. Give everything to Him. There is peace and freedom in release.
For me, today it was in a kiss on the cheek from one of the little girls who comes to Bible Club on Saturdays, and is also a student at the public school where I am Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was in the rain shower that I stood in, with my hands open letting the droplets hit my shoulders and run down my arms and drip off my eyelashes. It was in the song that has been in my head all day, that I sang as I stood in the downpour. It was in the comfort of friends I have never met face-to-face but who encourage me on a daily basis. It was in the question of moments when I felt most loved, which brought to remembrance many fond memories.
Every day is a gift from God–even the bad days when you want to throw in the towel or curl up in a ball and cry. Look for those little signs. God is almighty and all-powerful and far beyond anything we can hope to understand in this life; but He knows us intimately. He created us after all. He wants to bless us and communicate with us. Let Him. Don’t miss it.
Stop. Think. Release.
There is beauty in stillness. There is beauty in simplicity. There is beauty in brokenness.
Find the beauty.