Get Out of the Way and Let God Be God!

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"Cease striving and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

"Be still and know that I am God: ... (NASB)

Sandy is still on my mind.  I got to thinking about the eye of a tornado - or the eye of a hurricane when I titled yesterday's post.

It must be strange to experience that phenomena - to actually be in the eye of a storm.  Yet, how many times do we, as we deal with our illnesses and challenges, have the same opportunity?  And unlike the real life storms, we have a choice about experiencing that calm.

So often I compare our lives to storms.  I've written many posts that revolve around that imagery.

Today, I become more aware of just how well God understands us. 

While I think that the NIV and the NASB have the two of the more well known versions of this verse, I found these from the Common English Bible:

“That’s enough! Now know that I am God!"

And the Amplified Bible:

"Let be and be still, ..."

And finally, from the Message:

“Step out of the traffic!  ..."

I think I need each one.

Over and over.

So often I don't realize that it takes some action on my part so I don't get so caught up in the things around me that I lose sight of God.  I try to do things on my own.  I think that somehow I'll find the answers.

And I lose sight of the peace that is offered to us when we center our lives around God.

By no means do I think this is easy.  The forces at work to pull us off center and get us whirling around that vortex are so strong!  It takes effort on our part to put down all that is happening around us and just let things be.

"Cease striving ..."

"Be still ..."

"That's enough! ..."

"Let be and be still ..."

"Step out of traffic!"

Are you in turmoil? Are the winds whipping around you today?  Is your life at odds?  Have you no sense of God's peace in Your life?

Scripture tells us ...  God tells us ... exactly what we need do.

Take your eyes off the storm.

Put them where they belong ... on Him.

Father God, How well you know us!  How easily we get caught up in all that flies around us, sometimes at whirlwind speeds.  Help us to know that when we center ourselves in You, when we let go of trying to control, You will grant us the peace we need, the peace we crave as we relax in Your loving arms.  Amen and amen.

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