I am not one to sit still. Anyone who steps into my shadow for a day needs to rise early and lace up their most comfortable running shoes. From the moment my feet hit the floor, my to-do list begins cycling in my head. I would be the first to admit that I like filling my shoes with capable and self-sufficient.
But when my doing squeezes out room for God’s doing, these strengths quickly become my downfall. Simply put, I struggle with being still long enough to let God work. I wrestle with not taking things into my own hands, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Sometimes our hardest grace is learning to sit still. (Tweet This)
The truth is, in many situations, we can only do so much. Particularly when it involves people. Sometimes we can check off everything on our list in hopes of steering people and situations to our desired conclusion, only to discover the matter isn’t resolved when or how we expect.
We wonder if we have done enough or said enough. We second guess our choices, our words and our actions. We find ourselves knee-deep in worry instead of heeding the wise words of Naomi to Ruth.
“Sit still my daughter.”
Ruth followed Naomi’s detailed instructions perfectly. After washing, putting on perfume, dressing in her best clothes and making her presence known in a particular place and at a particular time and in a particular way, there was nothing more she could do to resolve her situation. Her best efforts could not ensure things would turn out the way she wanted.
“Wait my daughter until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.” Ruth 3:18
The moment came when she had to make the choice to simply “sit still.” And trust that Boaz, her guardian-redeemer, would not rest until the matter was settled.
How often is God whispering this same encouragement into our hearts? When we find ourselves running and chasing and grasping to manage situations in our own lives. When we find every item on our list has been checked off and every detail followed, yet the outcome wanes. When we have done our very best to follow Him, and we still can’t seem to be rescued from our hurt.
And, how much more can we trust the heart of our own Guardian-Redeemer to not rest until the matter which consumes us is settled? What if it takes waiting until the 11th hour? And what if waiting meant the matter would FINALLY be settled?
Perhaps one final item needs to be added to our list~
Sit still, my daughter…sit still.