When I Am Still, I Can Hear God.

July 27, 2016

embracingtheunexpected.comI awaken this morning, and I hear God in my quiet time say, “go to the window.”  So I do, and I gaze out at the lake.  The water is so still – no wind blowing- perfect skiing water. But that can’t be the draw, can it?   I sit for a while taking in the moment, scanning the lake, the horizon, and the beautiful mountains.  It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderful creator we have.   So I thank God for his beauty, but I still keep hearing him say, “Look.”  I can’t figure out what in the world he wants me to see.

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

This scripture is my life verse. I cling to this verse, not because I have mastered it, but because I know the power of it.  I am a doer; it is hard for me to sit still.  So many times in life only after I have exhausted all possible human attempts to make my situation better, do I then sit still with God?  He has never failed me in that time but imagine, if only I had started with that stillness.  I would have felt peace and those difficult, unexpected moments would have felt lighter.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”   Exodus 14:13

So what about when I am not in those difficult moments, could he still want me to sit still with him? You see, I love doing for GOD, I love learning about GOD, I love praying to GOD, and I love teaching about GOD. All theses things are good, but I know he wants more. After all don’t we want more out of our friendships than just one person talking?  Relationships are meant to be a two-way street. He has things to say to you and me.

So I gaze again at the lake, and I hear God whisper again, “Look at the water.”  I look ever so closely.  First, I see it glistens and sparkles from afar as if God is winking at me.  He is letting me know “I have got you, Maree, right where I want you, just sit with me, hear me and let me love you. Your worth does not come from doing; it comes from being a child of God.  Let me guide your day.  Let me show you what is most important. Let me talk into your life.”

Then I notice that the water isn’t completely still.   I can see it move a bit, a churning underneath, and then I hear God say. “I am always working; it is slow and steady, but I am working.”

“Let it be, just be still with me.”

His whisper says, “Enjoy this very moment, take it all in, you will find peace, love, and joy at this very moment. Just be with me.”

 

8 Comments

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    Alex J

    Dec 24 will mark 1 year since I began my journey into Christianity. In this year my life has changed for the better in so many ways I can not begin to explain. I can’t wait to grow my relationship with God further this next year!

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      Maree Dee

      Alex, That is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful day to start your journey and one that will be so easy to remember. I love your excitement, to grow your relationship with God. Each year I try to set a new spiritual goal that will draw me closer to God. I can’t wait to start thinking about how God might want me to grow this year. You have spurred me on. Thank you.

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    Lauren

    Hola. I hope you’re doing well! I want to say Gracias, thank you, for writing this post. I’ve been going through a hard time lately and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you for the reminder that God hasn’t left me. I started crying while reading it. Your words of truth touched my heart deeply.

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      Maree Dee

      Lauren, I am so glad that the words of the post touched your heart. I am sorry you are going through a hard time right now. Gosh, life can be so darn difficult at times can’t it? Being still with God helps me in those times. It just sometimes isn’t where I remember to start.

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        Lauren

        Gracias for your reply. Isn’t that the truth. About life just being hard at times. While I pray and ask God for help, I have trouble just being still with Him. I definitely need to work on that. So do you have any animals? I have a sweet, energetic tabby cat named Rajah. I named him after Jasmine’s tiger in Aladdin. He’s a trip, but he’s taught me many envaluable lessons over the years.

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          Maree Dee

          Animals are wonderful. You are so right we can learn so much from them. I love their unconditional love. I have dogs.

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    Phyllis

    I have a friend who was talking with me about the verse, “Be still and know that I am God.” She said to pray the verse. And I said that I do. She said, No, pray the verse – break it down and pray it”
    “Be still and know that I am God”
    “Be still and know that I am””
    “Be still and know”
    “Be still”
    “Be”
    That’s the way I have to pray it now!

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      Maree Dee

      I love that. I am going to have to give that a try.

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