Welcome to Thrive Christians. "Now to Him (Jesus Christ) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21. NKJV
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Pieces Lead To Peace
Sometimes my life seems fractured in chaos like a huge jigsaw puzzle in God's hands. To me all looks like a pile of broken dreams and mess. But the Master sees where the pieces go. He shows me where to fit these pieces together and His peace fills my life. Amazing grace!
In Psalm 46:10 God tells me to "be still" and know that He is God. The literal translation from Hebrew for "be still" means: to put your hands down to the side; to relax.I see that as I exhale, I relax my neck and shoulders; naturally my arms will calmly lie by my side. Then my face will relax and a smile will fill my face as I delight in knowing that God is in control.
In the middle of confusion or frightening seasons of my life knowing how to "be still" doesn't come naturally for me. Recently I sat with a friend who just got her pick slip. I listened to her for a long time, and finally I saw her "being still," knowing that somehow, someway God is putting her pieces together. We even worked out a plan of action for the upcoming week.
My nature is to try to quickly get the pieces together and I want to work on all the puzzle pieces at once. But God doesn'r work in my life in a forced frantic manner. He calls me to step back, pause and “Be still, and know.”
I tend to want to give into my feeings; not what I know when life is a confusing puzzle. I can swing from anxiety to self pity in seconds. Jesus modeled a Christian quality of relaxed knowing, no matter what was going on around or to Him. Like Jesus, I must focus on knowing that God is all powerful; He loves me; He is not confused; He knows my end from my beginning and I can trust and obey Him and have peace.