We all have doubts. We all have worries. We all have problems.

For as long as we are living and breathing, we will always have to face personal challenges on a daily basis; whether it’s failing at a job interview, trying to survive from a recent heartbreak, not having enough money to pay the house bills, or struggling from the pressure to please other people constantly.

My friend, one of the hardest things God calls for us to do is to “Be Still”…

 

 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” 
Psalm 46:10

 

Sometimes, we become so caught up in our problems that we forget about God. And not only do we sometimes forget about Him, we give up on Him. We do not surrender to him, we simply throw in the towel. We sometimes feel He isn’t there for us. We sometimes feel He does not listen, or that He is out to give us a harder time. We lose faith in Him and turn our backs on Him.

We then focus all our attention on other things. We turn to other people, to money, to unhealthy vices… We become so occupied with trying to solve our own problems on our own that we forget to let God handle things for us His way. We forget to surrender to Him. We forget to let Him lead us. We forget to realize that His plan is much bigger than us, and that His plan is always perfect.

I have given up on God numerous times in my life. I will admit to that fact; especially during the times I felt like all of my problems escalated beyond repair. I truly felt alone in my journey. One after the other, the trials in my life kept piling up on top of each other. Money problems, love problems, career problems… It never seemed to end and it overwhelmed me every night before I went to bed. I could never count the number of times I became angry with God for leaving me alone.

Eventually, as I grew up, I realized that the times I felt so alone, broken, and forsaken were actually the times that God was really and actually there for me, wanting to be close to me. This was after I read this beautiful poem called “Footprints in the Sand” by Margaret Powers :

“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. 
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

My friend, God never gives up on us. He never has, and He never will. All he asks is for us to trust in Him, believe in His plan, and to “be still”. It is only when we are still, that God can work His way through our minds and our hearts to lift us from our burdens.

 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” – Mark 4:39, NKJV

 

(“Still” by Hillsong : Listen to this song, and feel God’s love hold you. Be still, my friend.)