I woke up this morning in a bit of a funk. Life is off-kilter right now and I can’t fix it. I’m a mom of a grown son and a prayer warrior to a friend. It seems this should qualify me as “fixer of all things.” But it doesn’t. What can I do when I receive an email from a friend whose health update is not what we prayed for? And how can I make something about the Coronavirus a positive when it’s messing with all kinds of plans? I feel discouraged.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about being still. Fast forward to today and the unknown of life continues to happen all around me and I can’t fix it. I’m off balance. I have taken my eyes off Jesus and put my gaze on my circumstances.
What can I do? How can I calm my heart and comfort my spirit? Simply put, I need to be still. I need Jesus. When I am still, my focus returns to Him. For some reason, this is a lesson I have to learn over and over.
A simple practice I use in my stillness is to say the name of Jesus aloud. Saying the powerful name of Jesus brings me into His presence and it soothes my soul.
Things may not immediately be fixed or even fixed at all. But the amazing name of Jesus gives me renewed strength and somehow this gets me through. In my stillness, discouragement sweetly turns to a quiet joy.
Being still is like a drink of cool water in a dry land. After the first sip, I know it’s what I need. It makes me long for more. Likewise, the presence of Jesus refreshes my weary soul. And I know the pursuit of Him is what puts things back in order for me. The powerful name of Jesus is greater even though today is hard.
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10