Friday, 18 April 2008

Being Still

I have often over the last year wished that there was someone I could hand my life over to for a few days or a week, and leave them to run it for me, while I go and sip cocktails in a resort or something.

So I was interested to hear at bible study last week that the phrase "Be Still" from PS 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God" has the same root word as that from which we get the term "vacation". So, and this is probably drawing a long bow when it comes to translation of the bible, we could take the idea of the verse to be 'take a break and know that I am God'.

It struck me that when I feel like handing over the reins to someone imaginary person so I can have a break, I should be handing it all over to God instead. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean I get to sip cocktails in a resort, but it does mean I can hand my worries and stressed over to Him, who is infinitely more qualified to deal with life's crises than I am!

It brings to mind Isaiah 53:4: "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted."

I haven't really tried this approach yet, but I will keep it in mind for the next time I feel like checking out of my life for a while.

3 comments:

Katzmutha said...

Hey Al, you don't have to go to a resort to have a cocktail!You could probably buy a book and learn to make your own...or go to a hotel or something. My friend Kerrie ( our school counsellor)loves cocktails, and I promised her 2 for (last) Christmas.We're going away to the Blue Mtns one weekend next term so I can deliver my gift without getting booked by the police for being over the limit.

And talking Bible verses, there'a verse in 1 Peter that says, "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." Sorry I can't give you the rest of the reference, but I cut the card out to fit the frame and that bit got chopped off. I think it's a gr8 verse and use it often.

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