I can’t help but laugh at this Monday Moment. I had knee surgery on Thursday and have had to “be still” since then. I have a friend in Florida who hurt her back last week and has been unable to get out of the bed. She is going out of her mind with boredom. Over here at the Parsonage, I feel like I’m on vacation! I have books, snacks, my computer, my Bible, and journal. I am having the time of my life.
I have been able to spend a lot of time reading the Word and in prayer. What a luxury! I know that all of us don’t have hours to spend sitting at the feet of Jesus. Years ago, as a mom of 3 children 3 years old an under, I didn’t have that luxury. Even now that the kids are older, there is still so much going on in our lives.
There is no “quiet time” law given by God that dictates when, where, and how long we are to do “devotions”. That would be ridiculous! Can you imagine me telling my husband, “OK – we’re going to talk at the kitchen table every morning first thing for 30 minutes. Then the rest of the day I’ll probably just be busy doing other stuff and I’ll see you when I see you.”
That’s crazy, right? So why do we think God has the same type of expectation? Like my husband, He wants to spend as much time with me as possible. (PD, if you’re reading this, you know you do!) God loves the focused one on one time we have together and He loves to just be with me as I go about my day. No rules. Just relationship.
This verse isn’t even a command, if you ask me. It’s a promise. A promise that in the midst of the chaos that is my life, if I stop for just a moment and be still, His presence will overwhelm me and I will rest in the knowledge that He is God. The God of ever-lasting love, unending faithfulness, and overflowing with mercy.
Here’s a prescription for today. Be still. Receive His love. Do life WITH Him. Repeat.
As a pastor’s wife, I get to hear stories. Stories of joy. Stories of pain. Stories of happy endings. Stories of devastation. It seems like there have been a LOT of sad stories lately. This is not really a surprise to me because I believe that New Vision is on the edge of a tremendous move of God and the enemy doesn’t like it! He’s going to take all the pot shots he can to bring distraction and discouragement.
The plan of the enemy is for us to be so focused on our circumstances and chaos around us, that we fail to see what God is doing.
Today’s Moment in Scripture gives hope to the hurting and courage to those who are afraid. God has given us a solution to the anxiety that so easily overwhelms us. He has given us a top priority for our to-do list.
WAIT for the Lord!
He says it so simply. And He says it TWICE. I think He means it! This word “wait” means to expect. When a mom is expecting a baby, she is excited. She is hopeful. She knows there is about to be a bundle of joy in her arms. When we wait for the Lord, we can be excited and hopeful that He has a plan and is going to come through for us! The enemy CANNOT conquer us; we are victorious through the cross. We can be strong and courageous in our hearts because God’s got this!
Stop for a moment. Stop the worrying. Stop trying to do it on your own. Stop manipulating the situation. Stop speaking negatively. And just wait. Allow God’s strength and peace to overwhelm you. Wait for the Lord!
When we moved to Tennessee (almost 2 years ago!), we set up our furniture in the family room and it was clear that something more was needed in that room. We had a cute sofa and two of the ugliest (but comfortable) chairs you’ve ever seen. I didn’t trust myself to re-upholster them and they weren’t in the style I wanted, so Madison and I went shopping for chairs.
We had an idea of what we wanted for the room, we just had to find it. Living in Westmoreland makes shopping a bit more . . . interesting . . . than Orlando. In Orlando, I could be at 6 Home Good’s in a short amount of time. Plus, there were dozens and dozens of other stores to check out all within a few miles radius.
We were determined to come home with chairs. We drove to Hendersonville, to Rivergate, to Nashville, and finally to Brentwood before we found what we were looking for. A few times I told Madison, “Let’s just go home. We’ll try another day.” She made me keep going because she knew it was worth the search.
I believe that’s how God wants us to seek Him. Determined. Intentional. Desperate.
Sometimes He seems hard to find. Not because He moves, but because something in our lives is blocking the view. Maybe it is the lie of the enemy. Maybe it is the sin we have been harboring. Maybe it an attitude of apathy.
SEEK = To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to endeavor to find or gain by any means
But oh when we find Him! The Word promises that we will lack no good thing. Does that mean we get a new car, a bigger house, and a vacation to Fiji? Not exactly. When we truly seek the Lord, placing ourselves at His feet, He graciously gives us much more than material things. When we seek Him, we find peace, joy, and mercy. And more. Everything we ever need to live a life that is satisfying.
Take some time this week to seek the Lord. Don’t let fear, doubt, busyness, or other things distract you from finding Him. Set aside the things that are blocking your view and let Him lavish you with good things!