Surrender to Stillness

The day I turned 18, I drove my friends and I to a tattoo shop. I was determined to get a tattoo since I was in middle school, and so I did. Luckily, so far I still haven’t regretted it, praise God, because that would be awkward. Why do I mention this? The tattoo that I got on my wrist says “Be Still.”
I love those two little words, because even though they are so little, they mean so much. They come from one of my favorite bible verses, Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”.

There so so many different reasons why I decided to get those words plastered on me forever. But one big reason is because being still is so hard for me. I think a lot of other people would agree too. Our world is moving so fast, there are so many distractions, so many things we need to get done, so many worries we have, and amidst all of that, God is eagerly and patiently waiting for us to just take a moment to be with Him.

In high school, I always use to get anxious about everything that was going on around me. I overloaded my schedule, committed myself to too many things, and I didn’t take enough time to just stop and be with the Lord. I didn’t take time to “be still” and surrender the moment to Him.

So there I was, getting it tattooed onto me. The beautiful thing about it is that God likes to send me gentle reminders with it. In times when I’m impatient, anxious, or overwhelmed, I look down and on my wrist are those two words. It’s so funny, I often don’t look at my wrist, I sometimes forget that there’s a tattoo there. But in those moments, He reminds me. “Danielle. Be still. I’ve got this.”

So for you reading this, don’t be afraid to just stop. Take a minute and do it right now. Take a moment with the God of all creation. You are His beloved, and all He desires is to spend time with you. Get rid of those distractions around you, close your eyes, and just be still. Sometimes when I’m trying to take time with God, I can’t seem to close out the world around me. So in those moments I pray, “Jesus, in my time with you I often get distracted. But distract me from the world so I spend time with you.”

“God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen.
And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart.
First we listen, and God speaks. And then we speak, and God listens.
And that connection is prayer, is oneness with God.”
– Saint Teresa of Calcutta

I challenge you to take at least 5 minutes of your day, to silence your heart, and just be with God. A Father wants to spend time with His children, so spend time with Him.

Prayer: My God, still my heart. In this crazy world I don’t always surrender the moments to you that I need to. But because you are so perfect in who you are, you wait for me to come to you. Your arms are always open, always waiting for me to run to you. So God, help me to run, to sprint to you without ceasing. Let me rest in your love, mercy, and compassion. There is no one else who satisfies and stills my heart, but you.  I AM YOURS.

Scripture verse: Psalm 46:10

Song stuck in my head: Reckless Love – Bethel


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