«Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, ‘Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?’ » (Mark 4:38, NLT).
There are many ways to go through uncertain times. In all honesty, for years, my technique has been to try to control everything I can and stress out about what I cannot control. Although I believe we should live in an organized and rational way, there are some battles where the best strategy is to rest. There are moments in which the biggest act of faith is to lean our heads on a pillow and sleep.
To rest from uncertainty, we need to abandon ourselves to God. However, since yielding control is difficult for me, I often choose to worry so as to keep the illusion alive that I am in control. I am slowly learning it is not worthwhile. I am beginning to detect anxiety as a light blinking on my dashboard telling me I need to rest.
When the Ammonites and Moabites went to war against Judah, King Jehoshaphat knew his army could not face them. All his people fasted and prayed. Then God gave them a strange answer: «Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.» How could God ask them to stand still in a life or death situation? The answer is simple: «For the Lord is with you!» (2 Chronicles 20:17, NLT).
«To walk step by step with God we have to accept the value of the moment we are in,» writes Stormie Omartian in Just Enough Light for the Step I’m on. «When you are tempted to feel fearful, frustrated, insecure, or go into a panic over what is happening in your life, stop and notice that God is with you. And with Him you have everything you need for this moment. Here and now.»
The reason we should rest, even in uncertain times, is that God is by our side.
Lord Jesus, thank You for knowing what I really need right now. Help me to trust in You, not in my plans or my own strength. Give me the wisdom and humility to accept when I cannot accelerate or change a process. Teach me to rest in You, even in the midst of the storm.