Secure, Sturdy, Sound
The inner stillness, the peace, weights me down, solidifies me, so the little knocks of life have less and less impact on my stability, my outward appearance, my stance. I am filled. I am secure. I am sturdy; sound.
“...If God had determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” Romans 8:31
There is a swirling, a cloud, a confusion happening. What is truth? What is right? What do I believe? Many, many, many people are asking these questions and I understand their disorientation - there is “so much” some days I feel a bit dizzy myself.
In a time of prayer I asked God for the solution to the confusion, the disorientation, the bewilderment and discomfiture. He said one thing “REST.”
I sensed it wasn’t a physical rest (even though a nap would be nice) so I asked “How do I rest?” “Abide,” was His response, “find my presence and stay there.” “Finding and remaining can be hard.” I replied. I heard a smile in his voice, “It takes practice.”
The other day I noticed a set of Russian Nesting Dolls and God explained our reality is similar - the outer doll is hiding, encasing, encompassing others. It is its own entity, but enfolds others into itself. We, are our own person, have our own outward appearance, but the “inner layers” influence our weight, our stability, our soundness. The outer shell of the Russian doll can stand on her own, but a slight knock and she is down, and most likely, split in half. But, when the rest of the dolls nest inside a slight knock does nothing... they remain stable and sure footed.
So, in this atmosphere of disruption, chaos and confusion how do I rest? I turn inward. I still myself (while washing dishes, folding laundry, reading to my child, sweeping the kitchen floor - AGAIN) and find Him. In the momentary stillness I sense His peace, His presence. If I have a niggling issue I ask Him about it and He answers. I gain His perspective, His viewpoint. The inner stillness, the peace, weights me down, solidifies me, so the little knocks of life have less and less impact on my stability, my outward appearance, my stance. I am filled. I am secure. I am sturdy; sound.
The secure, sturdy, and sound will stand in this season. Higher gale winds are on their way to rock the church, and its parishioners - worldwide. Find your way to stand firm, to withstand, and persevere.
How are you handling the winds, the hurricane of our current climate? What are your strategies? How do you handle the knocks, the pokes and prods like differences of opinion and perception of fact?