The Discipline of Being Still

I hate to wait. I find myself reminded of this lack of patience in my life many times during my day:

* If I think the person ahead of me isn't driving fast enough.

* If I believe I can do something faster or more efficiently than someone else.

* If I believe the lady in front of me at Kroger is taking a tad too long at unloading her grocery cart.

It is in those times that I am reminded again how far I have to go in the discipline of being still before God. As I was teaching my Bible study, Encountering the Healing Power of Forgiveness, this summer, I realized the horrific consequences of individuals deciding they could not wait as they played out in the family of Joseph, starting back with his great-grandparents, Abraham and Sarah; his grandparents, Isaac and Rebekah, and his father, Jacob, and the four women who shared his life, including Joseph's mother, Rachel.

Because manipulation and a frantic desire to control tainted each of those generations, bitterness and hatred characterized the relationships of family members who should have loved each other. I wonder, my dear friend, if that is the cause of the dysfunction in our families, too. Where has a lack of being still before God wreaked havoc and caused words and actions to be said and done that are such a struggle to forgive each other for?

Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth

Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

May we be still enough to be able to let be and know that He is God!