Psalm 37 has long been a favorite passage. Outlined and highlighted in various versions of my Bibles. A familiar place to reflect on the variety of its meanings.
This year I returned often to verse seven and found a three-step formula to ease me through the cold gloom. A stairway opened toward Hope.
Be Still. The exact opposite of how so many of us live our lives. Until we are forced by sickness or vacations or circumstances to stop the frantic pace.
But more than a physical slowing down, this concept shifts us back to first gear. The ‘Be Still’ step indicates a mindset reboot.
- To cease striving for perfection
- To stop trying to figure out why prayers are not answered
- To trust that a higher motive will provide the acceleration when it is time to move or change
Being still is that place of ultimate trust where we rest in the love that will not let us go. And know that God’s desired outcome will be the best for us.
Wait Patiently for God. Many Type A’s like me do not do well with the idea of waiting. It feels too passive. Too scary to wait until someone else or something else determines a direction.
Yet this waiting is not a passive work, for patience requires an inner ‘whoa’ when we most want to act.
Patience again reminds us to trust the process. To be careful with our interpretations of ‘Go.’ This waiting determines to be grateful for the pause. Sincere about letting God’s work have its ultimate timeline.
This step forward lives without regret because we anticipate the day we can say, “Oh, that’s why it took so long.”
Do Not Fret. ‘Fret’ is rather an old-fashioned word, but I like it better than ‘worry.’ It implies more anxiety, an actual mind-racing and finger-snapping type of stress. Like the worry stones we used to wear down with our thumbs.
Like when my mother said, “I’m sure stewin’ about that.”
To cease from fretting means we inwardly step back. Let our worried souls unplug. We purposely commit to be still. To wait patiently. To move to the place where we no longer even think about the problem.
To not fret takes an intentional leap toward a trustful gratitude. It releases the problem and refuses to grab it back. It believes the issue will eventually resolve as all problems must — one way or another.
Be Still. Wait Patiently. Do Not Fret.
Three steps that lead us toward a hope-filled peace. A result that creates healthy soul care when we need it most.
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Follow these three steps through the devotional book, Day by Day: Hope for Senior Wisdom.
This posture was my sustenance during the worst period of Tom’s dementia. Living stillness when uncertainty is suffocating is life saving. One of my favorite concepts from my spiritual direction formation years is: God does God’s best work when my feet are firmly planted in midair!
Love this concept of ‘feet firmly planted in midair.’ And I’m grateful you kept in the stillness during the worst of Tom’s struggle.
I’m helped in the reminder to let go of my stewin’ over this and that. Thank you.
Ha ! Thanks for the comment.
I love Psalm 37 also.
It is definitely great! Thanks for the comment.