The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
For about three days now, I have had very little energy. At first, I just thought it was that I had had a pretty heavy duty internal wrestling match (the roller coaster, yo) that lasted about two weeks, and now that it’s over, I am tired…a bit worn out, so to speak.
Then it got worse. I even wonder if I may be fighting off a cold. I’m reaching that point where it’s hard to lift my hand up, for example. L.E.T.H.A.R.G.I.C.
It’s funny how God speaks to us through such times. When it first started to happen, the first thing that popped into my mind was…”is it possible that God wants for me to enjoy a period of “being still” with Him? I think it is — very possible!
Don’t get me wrong…I am still busy. But not busy-CRAZY. I am probably busy-NORMAL for the first time in years. And although I am grateful, it’s kinda weird. It’s like the adrenaline I was used to operating off of has now taken a nose dive and my body and mind are reeling in the endeavor to adjust. I am grateful – sooo very grateful. But I don’t think my body knows that yet.
This was confirmed for me (that the Lord wants to bless me with a time of solace and overall quiet) when I heard that I am going to get the different new job (from what I had originally thought was planned) after all, and that it doesn’t start until May 28th. By the way, that is a major Praise the Lord thing – the “job” I ended up being blessed to receive (another story)!!!!!
I thought of the scripture above….how God is with us, right in the middle of it all, isn’t He? He is with us in the high-energy, even stressful times, and He is with us in the quieter times. When we trust in Him, He will work through, even orchestrate the circumstances to accomplish what He has in store for us during the particular season we are in, or embarking upon.
This verse reminds me of that and is such a comfort. And it reminds me of only a few of His awesome attributes as well. Not only is He right there with us in the mix of all, big or small, He remains His mighty and divine Self, saves us daily, and knows how to either meet us where we are at, or help us to get into a different place or state. And it’s always a way that He is blessing us or growing us – right here – wherever we may be.
What a gracious and amazing God we serve!
How awesome to never be alone. And how wonderful that the Lord God, Himself knows how important it is to meet us where we are and be there for us according to the situation. Most of all, what peace we have in knowing that He stays right there with us – in the midst- no matter what our situation or circumstances may be. I can’t say it enough. I can’t praise Him for it enough. Because of Him, my spiritual battery is never dead even if my physical one is starting to fade.
So today, I am going to rest, as my mind isn’t wanting to, but my body is saying I must. I am so lethargic, honestly, that it is a struggle to type for very long, or even to read more than a few verses in my bible ( I know, poor me, right – ha ha!)
So, the Lord wants to speak with me in a different way than I am used to today, I suppose. He knows what is best, and for that, I am also so very, very grateful.
Are you like me today, feeling under the weather, lethargic, maybe even fighting off a cold, injury, sickness, or harder still, a really difficult physical challenge or trial even? If so, allow God to “quiet you with his love” and make even more of Himself known to you today.
Sometimes we have to shut up or be still to be able to truly listen, see, and experience Him. For a gal like me, this is no easy task, but so very necessary. In all reality, I think this is right where He wants me right now. Quiet…a little bit sick and in need (needy)….and open in a different way than when I am operating on a “full charge.”
It’s just another way that we can draw near to Him – being still and quiet. And guess what He says will happen when we do that?
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8
There ain’t no dead about that battery!