BEING STILL is scary; it involves surrender and vulnerability. When we’re still, we can’t control things—and that’s hard. It doesn’t come naturally, especially when what we’re trying to control is our heart’s pain. Odd thing is that when we finally surrender, we realize we were never in control in the first place.
I can promise you this: It’s gonna be okay. You will survive being still. Not only that, you will find God. One of my favorite scripture verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” When you are still, you will finally come to know God for who God is: a God of peace, healing, and comfort. That’s what I found when I finally embraced being still at The Academy. And though it’s been two years since I graduated from The Academy, I still have to practice being still every day. It’s an integral part of my life. I have found many ways to be quiet with God on a daily basis. I now crave and even enjoy being still, especially when life isn’t going so well. I trust that I can bring my pain and questions to God and know I will come away with clarity (sometimes), peace (most of the time), and a sense of God’s presence (all of the time).
Beads of Healing
From pages 30-31 of Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness by Kristen E. Vincent. Copyright © 2016 by Kristen E. Vincent. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:2-3, NRSV
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