I had big plans for January. And February too. I was going to pour myself into editing the book I’m working on, start up a discipleship group again, and write thank you notes for Christmas gifts (okay, maybe not all that big).
But, of course, God had other plans. You’d have thought I’d have learned to go with them by now, but alas. Apparently I’m a slow learner.
None of my plans have come to pass yet. Instead, I came down with a nasty bug two days after Christmas and have been stuck in bed since. That may not sound very pleasant, and I must say it sure didn’t feel very pleasant—but that’s the thing about God’s plans. We often don’t understand them. But God cares more about our hearts than our comfort. Often, He gives us unpleasant situations for our own good. Because He loves us.
I’ve learned many lessons in the last two months or so. But there’s one in particular that I want to share with you today, and that is this:
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Getting sicker than usual forced me to let go of all of the activities and projects dominating my mind and time, and to cease striving. It forced me to rest and process and put everything back into God’s hands fully and completely.
At first, I was frustrated. I’d already been in this situation before. What in the world was God doing? I’d been here, done that, learned my lesson. What more did I have to learn?
First of all, take it from me, don’t ask that question: “What more do I have to learn?” We always have more to learn.
And God taught me that He fights for His beloved children — is still teaching me, in fact.
We need only to be still.
When we let go and surrender it all to Him, it allows Him to work in mighty ways. As He used the last months to strip me of much of my personal ability to make things happen, it allowed His glory to be revealed as He orchestrated everything perfectly.
He showed me that in my weakness, His power is made perfect, His grace is sufficient. It’s not about me. It’s about Him. The King.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed trying to keep all the plates in your life spinning. The battle seems too big. Or maybe it looks manageable, and you aren’t relying on God for help. Either way, surrender it to Him. God Himself will fight for us! We need only to be still. To be still and let Him work. To be still and know that He is God. To be still and to trust in His mighty power that raised Jesus from the grave.
God’s got this.
Your sister in Christ,