Be Still: thoughts on Psalm 46

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

    God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

    how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions the past six months. I have struggled with dizziness since the beginning of my third trimester. My normal exercise routine has been halted. My normal pace of life has been limited, and my “abilities” have seemed squashed. I have been forced to slow down, to sit, and frankly, to just be broken. A friend told me “Don’t put a time limit on your feelings.” And most days I just want to say it’s over and I’m better. But I have learned in order to move past this, I must move through it. And in order to move through it, I must feel it, wrestle with it and question it.

I’m not sure what moving through means to you, but for me it means I must stop and cry out. It means I admit the true, nasty feelings I’m having. I express my frustration with this season of life, the lack of answers, and the lack of my abilities. And as always, when I sit in this place God speaks. He doesn’t tell me that I am enough or I am capable, but he tells me He is. He reminds me that my weakness is where He is able to shine through the most because my pride and selfish tendencies are not in the way. He is the center and the light. And somehow all of this is FAR more fulfilling than me trying to build myself up.

When I sit broken in His word, I have hope. I have hope because it is simply not about me. I don’t have to be enough. I don’t have to live up to someone’s expectations. He has done it all and continues his work. And this season of my life, with dizziness, a newborn and two toddlers, the lack of energy, the mundane work will pass. And because I went through it, I will have grown. Grown, not for the sake of building myself up, but for the sake of the Lord of hosts being made known. And the freedom in all of this is that none of his glory depends on me.. He WILL be exalted in all the earth! So I sit, broken and frustrated, but knowing the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob is with me. And what else could I need?

I made this free printable for my back deck to remind myself to stop striving and connect to the One who is capable of all things. Feel free to use and share for personal use!

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