As I continued to make my way around the lake, I grew tired. For one thing, I never intended to walk further than from my car to where I planted my chair for the afternoon. Then when the pink-flowered tree caught my attention, I planned on heading back to my chair after seeing its beauty. However, enjoying God’s abundant gifts along the trail kept me going.

Since I only expected a short walk, I didn’t take water with me. Nor were my shoes designed for an uneven dirt path. A bench under a canopy of trees beckoned me to rest for a few minutes. Sitting on the bench, I took a few minutes to be still. I took the opportunity to thank God for the beauty of the day and the many ways He showed Himself to me at the lake that day.

As He often does, when I took a moment to slow down, God spoke quietly in the silence.

The Value of Being Still Before God Along the Way

How often, as we make our way through life, do we need to stop and rest in the Lord? To remember He is always with us, cares for us, longs to comfort and encourage us? Being still and resting in the presence of God calms weary souls and reminds us of God’s love for us.

The Difficulty of Being Still Along the Way

Often, being still seems impossible. Worry nags in an endless loop. A schedule and unending responsibilities pull in a hundred directions. Watching others get ahead while we remain stuck triggers discouragement. We want action. Solutions. Doing something ourselves seems like the best option. But it’s not. Being still before God, as counterintuitive as it is, is the best way.

How to Be Still Along the Way

Pray and Hope

Pour out your heart to God. Tell Him your problems, no matter how big or small they are. Then cling to His promises.
Quiet your heart in his presence and pray;
     keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you (Psalm 37:7 TPT).


Humble Yourself and Wait

Stop trying to do everything on your own! Call on God. He loves You and you know you can trust Him. His timing is always perfect.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV).

Persevere with Joy

Keep going. Although I needed to rest, I couldn’t sit on the bench forever. But the short time sitting recharged me. During long times of trials, we can rejoice, knowing God loves us and we can trust Him.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happened and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:3-5 TLB).

Whatever you face, even during good times, take time to rest along the way. Meet with God and let His love fill your heart. Then, refreshed and renewed, you’re ready to continue on the path He sets before you.


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