Psalm 46:10 Click on this link to read the passage. You may select your preferred version of the Bible after the link opens.
This has been a difficult weekend for me. I have felt both misunderstood and abused through a very touchy situation I am not free to explain on this public blog. But my heart has ached and grieved for someone unable to defend herself. I spent much of the day Saturday in tears as I struggled to know what I could do.
But Sunday morning was a totally different story. I sing in my church choir, and this morning’s anthem was “Be Still.” As we did our warm-up and final practice before the service, this anthem was already calming my spirit reminding me that God was here to share my pain.
The words washed over me as we sang Be sill and know that I am God… I am with you… I will comfort you when you come to me in your hour of need… I will wipe your tears… I felt this anthem was hand picked for me and my troubled weekend. I sensed God’s presence to dry my tears and to ease my mind. My child, be still and know that I will give you rest. It wasn’t necessary for me to struggle, I only needed to keep my eyes on Jesus instead of my problems. I am present in your pain and I always will remain your comforter and friend. God doesn’t promise that I won’t feel pain, but he does promise to go with me through it and to give me his peace. Peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you…
It wasn’t only the anthem that ministered to me this morning. One of the hymns was “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and another was “Be Still My Soul.” My spirit soared as the words and music comforted and affirmed me as his beloved child.
The scripture for the sermon was Matthew 6:24-34. We were fed from God’s word reminding us not to worry, but to trust God to meet our needs.
I began to feel sorry for people who don’t know God, who have no clue to how to tap into his peace. They only know how to lash out and in turn they continue to feel worse as their anger and guilt build up higher and higher.
Thank you God for your love, and for meeting me at my point of need. I feel your arms around me and know you care. That means everything to me. Keep me mindful of my need to keep my mind on you and not on my troubles. And help me remember to pray for those who struggle, even those who persecute me. Their pain must surely be greater than mine as they face troubles without you.