It seems in this time of waiting and staying home, quarantining and social distancing, it has never been more difficult to just be still. There is so much that is unknown right now, unknown about the virus, about our future, about almost everything, we have more questions than answers right now. There isn’t a consensus on the best way to deal with it. Mask or no mask, gloves or no gloves, stay home or go out and build up our natural immunity, and on and on. Is the government doing whats in our best interest? Is the economy going to recover? Will there be anything to come back to after this is all over? How do we love others well during this time?
In all this unknowing, it’s hard to slow down, its hard to rest, it hard to be still.
If we allow it, we will become consumed by all of this. Fear, anxiety and worry will dominate us and overtake us. As a person of faith, I know that is not how we were created to live, even in a crisis, we were never meant to live in fear. People are hurting, people are dying, people are depressed and contemplating suicide at an alarming rate, not even referring to the actual Covid-19 patients, I’m talking about those who are under the “stay safe, stay home” order. People are not meant to do life alone. When people are forced into isolate they suffer. Most of us need fellowship, we need each other, and most of all, we need Jesus. While I’m not advocating the abandonment of the stay home order, I am advocating for us all to find some stillness, some fellowship time with God.
God’s Word directs us over and over to be still, quiet our minds, and focus on God. In Exodus, after Moses led the Israelite’s out of Egypt and into what seemed like a dead end at the bank of the Red Sea. The war horses and chariots of Pharaoh’s army were bearing down on the Israelite’s and they found themselves cornered, Moses told them this:
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13-14
Just stay calm. Just like the people Moses led out into the wilderness, we are feeling cornered, we are feeling like we have no real options in this mess. But there is an option, and that option is faith in God.
Don’t be afraid, just stand still, the Lord will fight for you. Just stay calm. How do we live that out right now?
First of all, we don’t allow what is unknown to cause fear. Instead we lean on and focus on what is known, and this is the truth of Gods Word. Second, we spend time staying still, stilling our bodies and our minds and focusing on our fellowship with God’s Holy Spirit. Third, we stay calm. We stay calm. Breathe deeply, think about the things above, not the things below, focus your attention of His love and promises for you. God will fight for you, He will rescue you.
Be Still and Know that He Is GOD. He has this! All we can do is stop worrying, stop trying to fix it and just be still.
Stay Anchored and Unhindered in Christ.