In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. ~Isaiah 30:15God's Word always encourages me and I sure do need strength for this journey. The LORD knows that, so I awoke this morning with this Scripture playing over and over in my head like a broken record (for those of you who remember records!) I know it was Him just encouraging me by letting me know that He was waiting for me this morning. I've had the I'm-moving-to-Alaska-and-living-out-in-the-woods-all-by-myself silent tantrum the last few days. As silent as it was, God heard it. Running away seems to be a strong pull for me at the moment. But, my "maturity" won't allow that. So, I've been sharing my heartaches with my Heavenly Father. And what does He do? He puts a Scripture on my heart when I wake up.
I opened my eyes way before dawn this morning with God's Word already on my mind. I knew He was calling me to come and just sit in the stillness. I poured a steamy hot cup of coffee into my favorite elephant mug and snuggled down in my only chair facing the picture window. I can't wait for sunrise. It will be beautiful this morning. So, I settled into the dark - in the stillness - and quieted my soul. My heart and mind turned toward Jesus and praise and thanksgiving bubbled out from my lips. Before I realized it, the room was illuminated, but there is no beautiful sky this morning. Just massive, cold clouds that look like they want to dump snow on us. Okay, that's not what I expected. My stillness and quietness was then interrupted by the twanging of the radiators as the heat was coming up. My soul sighed... actually, I think it was more of a huff.
My confidence is in God's Love for me. I know He knows what my yesterdays were like and what today will be. He knew there would be massive winter cloudage today instead of a crisp, beautiful autumn morning. I know He knows I won't actually pack and move to Alaska. With a smirk, He waited for me in quiet stillness and then listened to my aching heart, beckoning me to still be still. Just remain still, Diane. So, I continued to sit. Sit still and enjoy His Presence. And now I'm strengthened.
I started my day out on the right foot. I started it with Jesus, with His Word, and in quietness, allowing my confidence in Him to rise above all the other noise in my head. Now, Alaska seems way too cold a place to run to. Oh, Thank You, my Father! Thank You for the blessing of a nice warm home on Long Island. Thank You for strengthening me. Thank you for waking me with Your Word and then waiting for me to join You this morning. I am blessed.
Because of Him and Unto Him