Good Grief: Day Three “Be Still and Know”

Be Still and Know

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
 – Psalm 46:10

“…it’s in the silence that you can finally allow yourself to be seen, and it’s in the being seen that healing and groundedness can begin”
– Shauna Niequist, ‘Present Over Perfect

Stillness can be the scariest place when you are hurting. When you stay busy you don’t realize how deep the wound really is and how much you really need the Healer. But when you settle in, slow down, and turn down the noise of distraction it seems all you can hear is the inward moans of heartache. This is why most of us are truly terrible at the grieving process. We don’t want to go to the quiet place where the shadows of pain start to lurk across the walls around us. We would very much prefer to stay in a place of busyness that does not allow for the beginning steps of grief to occur. But once you get there and it’s just you, the Holy Spirit and your grief, its seems that every bit of hurt, rejection, and pain rushes in like a flood in an attempt to overtake you. While you struggle to keep your head above the water, remember how God is more than capable of “quiet[ing] you with love” (Zeph 3:17). When you’ve poured out all the pain and disappointment at His feet, between the heaving breaths of desperation, you will find that He is calm. He is God. And He is never shaken.  Let that reality become your reality. While you may not always feel calm and peace, be sure to go to that still, quiet place as often as you can.  It is there that you will be reminded that peace is available in the middle of the chaos.

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