With the clock ticking, we ran out to the car to make it to school on time. It was later than usual and the rain from the night before had carried over to the morning’s commute. I began to mumble to myself. “Why couldn’t these kids get their stuff together the night before? Why was it such a hassle for them to get out of bed in the morning? Why didn’t my husband help me get them ready?,” I was so ready for summer.
I peeled out of the driveway in time to realize that we were going to be late anyway. As I got behind another car going the speed limit (Come on, Slowpoke!) I felt a nudge. “Shhh Slow down, Aimee, Slow down.” I breathed deeply trying to hold back my frustrations when I felt the nudge again, “Slow down, Aimee, Slow down.” “Ok, Lord, I relented, You know what’s up ahead and I don’t, I trust you.”
“What was I trying so hard for anyway? Being tardy didn’t make me a bad mom.” I tend to do that, do you? One bad thing goes wrong and the lies begin. “Not this time, I reasoned, “it’s okay to be late once in awhile.” As I began to release my will for another, I began to feel God’s peace surround me.
Stopped at a red light, I wrote the check my daughter needed for school, and handed it back towards her. Just then, squealing tires interrupted my thoughts. Before I knew it, a white blur sideswiped me, ripped the sideview mirror from its perch, and continued into the car in front of me creating a multi-car pile up. I was shocked, our car was hit, and yet I don’t remember feeling a thing.
I looked around to see all my girls, as well as our dog, stunned, but untouched. There was about 15 feet between me and the car in front of me. Somehow, my car had not moved. The car that hit me, a totaled mess. (Praise the Lord, the driver was without significant injury.)
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8
In Psalm 46:10, the Lord reminds us to be still and know that He is God. Another word for stillness is to relax, sink, to cease even. Why would God want us to relax in the midst of a storm, when the world tells us we need to keep moving? The impact may be too much for us to bear. But He knows, and He’s got this! He is faithful.
Are the lies filling your mind with worry and angst. Shhh, relax. Are you in a difficult season now, where you are restless and feel like you need to move? Friend, Slow down. Has worry moved into your life and tried to steal your joy? Cease. He’s calling you friend, to be still and to listen to His whispers that shout louder than the lies. Rest in His love for you, there is divine purpose in the stillness.
What can you do to hear His voice above the noise of this world? Where do you go for stillness in your daily life? Are there any verses that calm your spirit in the midst of worry? Please share.
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