Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. Ps.33:20.
Have you seen a hummingbird be still?
Hummingbirds beat their wings 40-80 times per second. They hover in mid-air, poised, seemingly motionless. Their wings beat furiously to sustain them. They are streamlined flawlessly for active immobility.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Ps.27:13-14.
It takes strength and stamina to be still.
God taught me to be a hummingbird. When I first hung in stasis half a decade ago, I lived terrified. I was disillusioned by conflict and damage in ministry. Our family was decimated by recurrent miscarriages. Losses piled up. We were hemorrhaging, spilling out.
Be still and know that I am God. Ps.46:10.
I wanted movement. I wanted to crawl out of my skin. I wanted life clean, put back together, to move on and forget.
God had plans for the pieces. Stay in it, beloved. Immerse yourself in the brokenness. It will not cut you so deeply that you will be scarred forever. Stay with me in the slivers of your life, and be what I create. I wanted to move, but God was in the pieces. If I wanted Him, I had to learn to stay.
When God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He took them by an unexpected route. When Pharoah let the people go, God did not send them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. Exodus 13:17-18.
I am Israel. I cry for God’s deliverance, then refuse to fight for it. When I encounter war, I throw down my arms and return to Egypt. Are you Israel?
The Israelites were in stasis. The Pillar of Cloud & Fire led them to the Red Sea. Behind them, the vast armies of Egypt were riding on swift horses to fetch them back. This was God’s rescue mission?
They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 13:10-12.
It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert. Is that not the most malevolent – and effective – lie ever to corrupt God’s people? The Enemy of our souls will do anything to convince us that the cost of freedom is too great. It is not worth it.
God unearthed that lie in my stillness, under my rubble. Then, because God finishes what He starts, He set me free.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14.
If God invites you into stasis, submit. Like the hummingbird, we were made for it. Be still, while He creates a new gleam of mysterious glory through your life. Be still, while He assures that the shackles that enslaved you before you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
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