“For the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
‘You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.'”
A Quiet Confidence . . .
A reclining chair occupies the corner of my bedroom. I call it my quiet chair.
My quiet chair wasn’t expensive. But it reclines just so, with a separate footstool for my feet. I feel like Goldilocks whenever I sit in that chair, for I don’t think it’s possible for another chair to feel more like home.
I love my quiet chair because it’s the place I return to whenever I need to rest. It’s the place where I most love to read my Bible, and the place where I pour my heart into prayer through the words I write in journals.
When I’m in need of some quiet time, I make my way to my quiet chair.
There’s nothing special about the chair, really, except it’s where my Father meets me. I know He’s with me everywhere I go, but my quiet chair is the place I go when I need a heart-to-heart with my Father. Time alone in His presence does more to quiet my soul than anything this world could offer.
After spending time with Him, I can resume my daily activities with a renewed strength — a quiet confidence — because I know not everything’s dependent on me. I’ve placed everything in His hands.
I forget that sometimes. I don’t know why. But I get to carrying on with my day, and before I know it, I’m fretting over small stuff and then worrying about big stuff that might not even happen. All my fretting and worrying is really a symptom of a false belief that everything is dependent on me. But it’s not.
God has everything in His hands already, and sometimes I just need a time-out for a few moments to remind myself that God’s got everything under control.
He delivers us when we return to Him, when we rest in Him. Every time.
Do you have a particular place
where you like to pray and read and spend time in His presence?
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
I just breathed a huge sigh of relief when I read the words, “God’s got everything under control.” I can’t hear this, or remind myself of this too often. Minor fretting to full blown worrying is a sign that I have lost touch with this important fact. I needed this reminder. My favorite spot(s) are either in my recliner where, like you, I get in a resting position and it helps me to mentally rest in the Lord as well. My other spot is a chair with a footstool in a sunny corner of my kitchen. The sun streaming in on me in the morning reminds me of His love. Thank you for wonderful words to start this day!
Mary Hood says
Oh yes Denise, I am in my recliner as I write this. My quiet chair in my quiet room. I come to relax, recharge, repent if need be, and receive from His hand and heart. Thank you for these encouraging words.
Beth Williams says
My prayer closet is the shower. I close blinds light a candle and pray in dark silence. I find the more I pray and read the Bible over and over-I can hide promises in my heart. Lately I’ve said “God’s got this” as my mantra. Without constant prayer and Bible reading I would fret over everything!!
The year started out badly with my aging father having a “major event”. We all thought he’d end up in nursing home. God surprised us and he’s better now & able to go to assisted living again! WOW!
Thank you, Denise, for this great reminder to yield to the Lord and get out of His way. There is nothing to fear when we rest in Him so He can do what we cannot. May He grace our days today with His rest and peace 🙂
Would someone mind to please pray for a few unspoken requests? Thank you so much.
Keri Lyn says
Lord, I prayer that you would touch your child and quiet her heart. Please supply her unspoken needs according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Give her the assurance that you will never leave not forsake her no matter the circumstances. Thank you, that you hear our prayers and cover us with grace. Amen
Sandy Snavely says
Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. God began this world by creating a sacred space where we could meet with Him. Your chair, and mine, is like a recreation of that sacred space. Because He loves His time with us. Thank you for that sweet reminder!
Mary Haynie says
My quiet place is on an enclosed porch we have upstairs. It has AC but only a little heat from an electric stove and no door. We close it off in the winter cause it gets too cold in there. I’m now in a room in an ok chair. I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can go back to my recliner on the porch.
Rebecca Jones says
I had a wonderful big red chair, my mother donated it with her couch. Now, I;m sure it’s blessing someone else. When I was very ill, she prayed for me and let me lay on her bed. Now her room is a serious prayer closet. If you know someone who has a strong anointing, make it a point to sit where they sit. I love this verse. I never knew when I was running around in circles,praying, studying, that I should be resting. Oh, and it’s also a cute idea to leave a special chair for a guardian angel. I miss my chair, Denise, looking forward to another one.
I have a place in my living room, a chair in my bedroom, and weather is nice a bench outside. These three spots are my special places that I like to rest in His arms. Just depends on what kind of day it is to which place I choose to rest.