A routine occurrence in our home is nap time around noon for our toddler. He has been spoiled by my husband and I as we lay with him until he falls asleep. Every day without fail, our toddler tosses and turns during his fight against sleep.
Sometimes this is due to him acting silly, other times this is due to him being seriously cranky. But, every time, he gets himself in a twisted mess amidst his favorite blankie. He usually cries or shouts that he’s stuck. To which I reply, “If you will hold still, I will fix your blankie for you”.
I can strangely relate with my toddler in this routine affair. I daily toss and turn worries around in my mind. It’s a fight against my own thought processes.
These worries can be as silly as ‘what will others think about how my husband dresses our children in mismatched clothes?’. (I wish I were kidding!) Or, these worries can be as serious as ‘how will people in this world influence our children?’. But I get myself in a twisted mess amidst my worries, every time. When I have finally had enough of all I can handle, I cry or shout to God. To which He replies,
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.- Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The meaning behind being still is being silent, at rest, holding peace. This is directly opposite of having a worrying state of mind. In fact, God’s Word commands me, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”- Philippians 4:6 (NLT).
Let that sink in. Don’t worry about anything. Whether silly or serious, He’s saying, ‘not a single thing’! Again, He says, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”- Psalm 37:7 (NLT). I am not called to be a ‘Worrier’. But, I am called to be a ‘Warrior’.
When I finally allowed my mind to be still, I was reminded that God equips me for whatever I am warring against. “Now may the God of peace.. equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ…”- Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV). And, a warrior is equipped with proper training and given armor and weaponry.
It’s true! God gives me proper training through the reading, understanding, acceptance, and application of His holy scripture. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV).
And, He gives me the proper armor and weaponry to be protected as I stand still in Him. “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”- Ephesians 6:10-11, 14-17 (NLT).
No matter the circumstances, I must remain still and trust God to fight for me. I must utilize the proper equipment to identify whatever I am warring against in my mind and to stand protected. I need not to be a ‘Worrier”. He has given me everything I need to be a Warrior!
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”- Psalm 144:1-2 (NIV)