Be Still

Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

            I was on my way to my last physio appointment since my car accident. I was being discharged because all my symptoms are gone, so I am now concussion free. What should have taken much longer to recover from took only a month, praise the Lord! On my way there a car in the other lane was speeding and it began swerving back and forth out of control. Before I knew it, the car veered over into my lane and was heading straight for me. I was on a narrow highway, so there was nowhere else to turn. I was on my way to claim a victory, but the enemy thought He would take one last stab. I braced myself for the worst when at the very last second the car steered away from me. It would have been a major head on collision. Plain luck? No, that was God’s perfect timing! When we are in hopeless, out of control situations, that’s when God steps in and does the impossible. It could have been tragic, but it wasn’t, because the Lord was in control. I can’t say I didn’t freak out a little, but in reflection I had yet another reason to give God glory! His eyes are always on us; like the sparrows (Matt. 6:26-27). If even one hair falls out of place, He knows about it! That is no exaggeration, that is the word of God! (Lk 12:7). Things in life often threaten to disturb our peace. In our fight or flight nature we sometimes feel like we should help God; and sometimes He will tell us what to do, but most times He needs us to let go and let HIM! (Ex. 14:14). God wants that place in our hearts and our lives.

God wanted Israel to know without a doubt that He ALONE rescued them by His mighty hand (Ex. 6:6-7, Psa. 136:12). During their battles in the wilderness, He provided them manna each day so they wouldn’t be hungry. Scholars have argued that it was probably the tamarisk trees that were shedding this substance, or that it was excretion from insects. The manna God provided was called “bread from heaven.” It was like little pieces of frost sized wafers that tasted like honey, and could be made into cakes etc. (Ex. 16:13-15). Regardless of how this came to be, it provided nourishment to the Israelites. I beg to ask the question, who made the trees and the insects to begin with? Albert Einstein said: there are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The Lord requested that they only took what they needed because He planned to provide fresh manna each day. We can make plans, but we don’t know what tomorrow holds. We do; however, know WHO holds our tomorrows! (Matt. 6:30-34).

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies are new every morning. Lamentation 3:22-23

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