Strength, trust, time
"He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." (Psalm 112:7)
I don't sit still very well. Those of ya'll who know me know that. I am frequently asked one of two questions. If the person hasn't seen me, or doesn't really know me well, they will ask "you're the one who knits at meetings -- aren't you?" The other question, by the people who know me better, is "You did bring your knitting -- right?" Depending on how long the meeting is supposed to be there can even be extra emphasis on the "did bring".
This reading, in Psalms, is from one of my daily God times this week. The subtitle for this Psalm, in my Bible, is "The Blessings of Those Who Fear God." (Psalm 112 NASB) My thought is those of us who work at maintaining, and strengthening, our relationship with God are "trusting in the Lord." (v. 7) The thing is to be able to have a "heart" that is "steadfast" we must s-t-o-p and spend time with God. Psalm 46:10, in my Bible (NASB), says "Cease striving." (Psalm 46:10) The Message gives an even better idea of what God is asking us to do: "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything." (Psalm 46:10 The Message)
No I don't sit still very well. Yes, it IS difficult to stop, to "step out of traffic," to take the time to "just" be with God. YES! We need to take the time so our hearts are "steadfast" and we are "trusting." (v. 7) Yes, especially as Caregivers, this is hard to do but it is both needed and worth it. Yes, I firmly believe God understands one of the ways I can "cease striving," and really listen for what God is saying to me, is with my needlework in my hands so my fingers are busy. How do you "step out of traffic!"? Are you strengthening your relationship with God?
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