Reflections from Deacon Mike . . . In God's Hands
You would think I would have my mother's fingerprints embedded in my knee from all the times she squeezed my leg in church and whispered, "Be still". Like any boy, I had a bad case of the wiggles in places like church. So when I read the verse from Psalm 46:11 "Be still, and know that I am God", I thought of it as being antsy.
But the Hebrew word for still means "to cease striving." It's like putting your hands down and letting God intervene in your situation without your interference. This word is interesting, since we often use our hands to push things out of our way, to protect ourselves, or to strike back. When we drop our hands, it makes us feel defenseless and vulnerable, unless we trust that God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in our distress. In other words, stop struggling and wait on God to do His work!
In the face of all life's circumstances, we can know the peace that comes from trusting the presence and power of God in the midst of trouble as we wait patiently and prayerfully for His answer. When we put our problems in God's hands, He puts peace in our hearts. May we trust in God's presence and drop our hands, knowing God's hands are busy on our behalf!
Together through prayer and service,