Sometimes We Need to Sit Still

Posted by on April 6, 2018 in Shirley's Blog | 7 comments

Stunning news.

 

It was six years ago I received stunning news. Just five weeks before our wedding, my fiancé called–not-face-to-face–mind you, and told me the wedding was off.

 

I needed to be alone and think.

 

I was shocked to my core. I took off that Easter weekend, not wishing to hang around and pretend things were fine, for they were not. Instead, I drove to the Oregon Gardens to be alone and think.

The early blossoms soothed my soul….

 

I sat still.

 

While reading in my room by the fire, I came across a verse in the Bible I’d not noticed before. Their strength is to sit still. That’s what I did. I sat still. Thinking. Praying. Reading.

 

I realized I was not alone.

 

Later, I strolled among the few flowers that were blooming at the Gardens and as I sat in the spring sunshine, I realized I wasn’t alone. Jesus was walking with me in my sadness and shock. He knew and He cared. I drove back home, knowing I’d be alright. Just not right away.

 

I was wrong. I needed to sit still for awhile.

 

I didn’t know the future, just like all humans don’t. But if I did. Would I be surprised! Just a few miles south and east of my home, lived a man named Jim, who was mourning the loss of his wife. He needed another year to work through his grief and be ready to meet me.  Though I thought it was the other guy, I was wrong. I needed to sit still for awhile.

 

Sit still.

 

It was good to sit still, though that is not my ordinary response to most anything. I’ll share one stanza of a poem that fit my situation and perhaps yours today, too:

 

O Soul, keep silence on the mount of God,

Though cares and needs throb around you like a sea;

From prayers, petitions, and desires unshod,

Be still, and hear what God will say to thee.

Mary Rowles Jarvis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be still and know…..

 

 

 

 

 What will He say to you?

 

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7 Comments

  1. Shirley, you are a beautiful soul and I know God blesses us by using you

  2. Shirley, that verse is so special to me, thank you for sharing. Years ago I was going through a difficult time. I awoke in the middle of the night & the Lord whispered, “Bow down & worship me” so I got out of bed, kneeled & bowed down. He spoke those words to me, “Be still and know that I am God.” His peace & presence flooded my soul. I knew all was well.

    • Wow Kathy, thanks for sharing! Isn’t God good?!

      • Yes, He is!

  3. Thank you for this rreminder Shirley. Sitting still is something that does not come naturally to me. I smiled to think of you in that garden. Jesus faced His greatest struggle in a garden. We are naturally drawn to God’s creation during our struggles. Thank you for sharing how God has and continues to work in your life. Shirley!

    • I like that analogy Patti! Thank you for your comments AND your friendship. It means a lot to both of us! Hugs, friend.

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