On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at sitting still? In a complex and changing world, the ability to sit still grows harder and harder. What does “sitting still” even mean anymore?
You might think, “Well, I just binged the new season of Stranger Things and I was pretty dang still.” Or, “I just spent a 50 hour week in my home office, and I barely left the room.”
That’s not exactly the kind of still we’re talking about here. Join Michael Jr. as he takes us through the story of his fifth daughter’s birth, and how he discovered the true meaning of being still. You’ll be amazed at what you might hear in that stillness.
I didn't know Jesus until I was 27 years old. People would say weird stuff to me. Even after I knew God, they would say stuff like, "Don't worry about those things. Just give it to the Lord." Or, "If you have a problem, just trust him with it."
After having heard that a few times, it all came to light on a very specific day.
There's a scripture I want to show you first that backs up what I’m talking about here. Psalms 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God."
My youngest daughter was being born, and I was there. That's what you do as a dad. I have five kids, so I’ve been through this before. Some dads will do the thing where they're in the room, and the baby comes out, and then they start crying. I have always been of the mindset that if the mom is crying, the baby is crying, and then you’re crying... that's not a very secure environment for a new baby to come into. This is my fifth kid, so I decided to be a cameraman for this one. I knew how things were going to go.
As I was fulfilling my duty as cameraman, I recorded a clip of our youngest daughter being born at like two and a half minutes old. I didn't understand the power of what happened until I watched it later.
The nurses are about to clean her up and she starts to cry. I am standing in the room, right beside her and I say, “I'm right here. It's okay, it's okay. I'm right here. It's okay, baby. It's okay.”
As soon as my two and a half minute old daughter hears my voice, she literally stops crying.
Now fast forward seven minutes or so later and the nurses have finished cleaning her up. What happens? She starts to cry again. So I'm kind of curious.
I speak up, and I start talking to her again... “It's okay. It's okay. I'm right here. I'm right here. I'm right here. I love you, I love you. I love you.”
At the very moment I said the words, “I love you,” she opened her eyes.
I realize that's what they've been talking about in this verse. This is what those people were saying to me. When I carry those hurts or pains, or I'm just carrying too much, the key thing to do in those moments is to be still and listen for the father's voice.
He is talking to you.
He is talking to me.
All this time he's wanting me to know that he's right here. He loves me. He loves you. All we need to do is open our eyes.
I want you to think about whatever is weighing you down, or something you’re constantly worried about. Most of the time people will say, "Just don't think about it. Just let it go." I want you to sit right where you are, or lay down, or whatever you need to do, and think about what comes to mind.
Close your eyes.
Think about it.
Make a determination that when you open your eyes it's as if you are releasing it.
When you release things, your eyes actually will be open to how awesome God is. Remember all you have to do, just like my daughter, is open your eyes.
God, I just ask that you would give us wisdom and understanding, so that we can trust in you. We release the things we think we need to hold on to, and hand them over to you.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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