Still and Patient in the Face of Crisis

Psalm 37:7: “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”

My introverted friends know naturally how to be still before the Lord. As an extrovert, that’s not my personality. Can any of you identify with me?

Then those words, “wait patiently,” stand out. We live in a fast-paced world with email and Fax. When I attempted to register the protection plan for my computer, the lady told me to FAX her my receipt. I couldn’t but offered to mail her a copy. She told me to take a picture of the receipt with my cellphone and email it to her as an attachment. I guess she saw no reason to wait. So I followed her instructions and emailed the receipt to her.

How long should we be still before the Lord? A pastor told me to be still until I heard from the Lord. “I sure hope he doesn’t take long,” I said.

Each of us will face many crises in life. Years ago, when the doctor informed me the cancer was in one lymph node and adjacent to it, he gave me two weeks to decide on treatment. I prayed and cried and prayed and cried some more. I didn’t want chemotherapy.

When I sat in silence before the Lord, I sensed he wanted me to undergo both chemotherapy and radiation. I didn’t like that answer and waited patiently for another one. No other message came. I obeyed the Lord and did both. That was eleven years and seven months ago.

Perhaps you’ve lost a spouse or a job. Maybe you can’t decide whether to move out of state. You or your parents may face an illness other than cancer and have decisions to make. Whatever the situation is, you can “be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”

Dear God, help me be still before you. Amen.

Application: When will you wait patiently for the LORD this week?

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