The Anchor of Hope

"Be Still!"
My grandmother yelled this at me every single time I spent the night at her house. My brother and I would get so excited about staying at her house and all three of us piling into the pull-out sofa bed. The night always seemed longer there and after the nightly news we would bundle up under the covers and say our prayers aloud. "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Bless Mommy, Bless Daddy..." It was some of the sweetest moments I can remember about my childhood, followed immediately by aggravation and frustration for my grandmother. "Emilee, be still! Quit fidgeting!" I was so excited and amped up about being at my grandmother's that I simply could not contain myself. My brother would follow shortly with complaints that I was bothering him too, whether from kicking and flailing or just being restless.
I didn't know how to be still.
Fast forward a few decades and I still struggle with it. Not necessarily from excitement or anticipation, but more from anxiety and distraction. There are so many times that I struggle with my thoughts, or wrestle with the worry of what may happen.
It seems that just as one conundrum in my life has the kink worked out something else gets tangled up. I've learned time and time again that I have no control, that I can't fix everything, and that no matter what the circumstance, it will always change. Regardless, I find myself trying to find a way around it each time.
I imagine that when God sees me do this yet again, He wants to yell "Be Still! Quit fidgeting!" just as I've heard before. So often, I have ignored it, and continued to distract or detach myself so that I could wait out the storm. But that is not the answer. Taking it to God wholeheartedly and truly being still in His Presence is the only way through the issue.
"Be Still" is not an easy task in our world. We have so much opportunity to be distracted. Even without Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, we can find ourselves calling or texting a friend to vent or get their advice, or just putting our head in a magazine to take our minds off of things. These aren't bad things, it's okay to relax and distract to a certain extent, but there needs to be a running conversation with God and plenty of undisturbed time with Him to ensure we are filling ourselves with His Hope for our troubles.
We may not hear from Him right away, and we may not see a "light at the end of the tunnel" in sight, but trusting and knowing that our God will make a way and that He is our Hope is the only thing that will get us through every trial that we face.
I for one am tired of fidgeting and kicking, I want to focus all of my heart on Him and the promises He has for me.
Maybe today you are going through a trial of sorts too, maybe you have found yourself trying to stay busy doing something or anything else than actually sitting down and praying to God about it. There is no shame...any feeling of that sort is not from God.
Sit down today and lay it at the foot of the cross, ask God to give you the strength you need to persevere and believe that HE WILL equip you. Let go of your expectations, let go of your frustrations and just truly BE STILL and know that HE IS ENOUGH.
Psalm 46:10  "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."
Hebrews 6:19  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
Christ Is Enough by Hillsong
Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy
Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I've been set free
Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need
Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home
Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back
The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back

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About the Author :

Emilee is a Christ following wife and mother who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a former hair stylist who is committed to being used by God in whatever way He sees fit.