Take a look at the attached picture….if you’ve ever been on a plane then you can recognize that this is the seatbelt sign, the no smoking sign, along with a few other gadgets. According to federal regulations, smoking is not allowed on flights and when the pilot has the seatbelt sign on it is important to remain seated and buckled in incase of unexpected turbulence/rough air. Both are to keep passengers safe.
So let me explain where I’m going with this…..I’ve been in this season where it seems like God is saying no to everything. During the time of being told no, I forget that God knows how to keep me safe and that He can see what I can’t! If I desire to be obedient, my only option is to be still. This is similar to the seat belt sign being illuminated on the plane, the people have to stay in their seats. Sitting still on a plane is a challenge for me(especially on long hauls) because of my limited ability to move and sometimes sitting still is unnerving! “Such is life ;-)”
~In life the opportunities presented seem perfect, yet God says “no, be still”. ~On the plane there has been no turbulence in the last 5 minutes, yet the seatbelt sign is still on. Hmmmmm.
Question: How do I wrestle with this??? What do I do?
Answer: I don’t. I do nothing. Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God: […]”
Sometimes we see what’s in front of us and subconsciously began to lose trust and lean to our own understanding. Our mind tells us to move/do something about it but…Proverbs 3:5-6 says“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Our understanding: “If this isn’t the right time, will it ever be? What if God is saying that this thing I desire isn’t His will for my life…..ever? Why can’t I have this? Will I miss out? Am I over thinking it? Am I too dramatic? I’ll just do this instead… So I guess I’ll just have to deny this desire for the rest of my life… But everybody else is…” (hunched shoulder emoji)
I know God has my best interest at heart and yours too. He gets no pleasure in just telling us no or be still for the fun of it. Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
God’s plans for us are intentional! Even if it’s “no” or “be still”…
That’s all for now. ❤ I love y’all ~DeHonee
P.S. Just think about it for a moment…you are sitting still with your seat belt on but the plane is moving around 500 miles per hour as it takes you to another destination. Sit still. You are still moving.