Be Still and Know by Terry Sedra.
In our journey through life we are often thrust into situations in which we are in the midst of a battle or a storm. In these rough situations our reactions should be to inwardly relax in the knowledge that God has control.
Our son had spent his first years in Egypt where it rains about every three years. The event was exciting to him and to the neighbors who gathered in their balconies with towels draped on their heads to experience the few drops of rain and discuss it with each other. He was several years old when we visited grandparents in the USA, and in the night a thunderstorm downpour woke us up. He was terrified. The bright flashes of lightening, booms of thunder, and the large amount of water coming down scared him. Quietly and gently we took him to a large window and explained that God was making this powerful display of sound and light. He calmed as we noted the beautiful forms of the light flashes in the sky and the rain cleaning trees, bushes, cars, and roads, while Grandpa’s fields and grass were getting a big drink of water. All the elements of the storm were still there, but he was calm in the knowledge that his friend, God, had created and was controlling it.
Children need to be trained to be calm in the inner storms that come into their life also. We all need to realize that we can learn much by being still in the time of inside or outside turmoil.
Elihu counselled Job when he was in a great health crisis and had also lost most of his possessions to “Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still and consider the wonderous works of God” (Job 37:14).
After Job was stilled and calm, he told God something he learned, “I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2).
Isaiah prophesied and corrected the wayward and rebelling children of Israel that asked for help from the Egyptians rather than looking to God when they were oppressed. “For the Egyptians shall help in vain . . . Their strength is to sit still” (Isaiah 30:7).
The children in our lives need our help to learn how to react to the chaos that is all around. Many countries are at war, and many have disasters of floods, earthquakes, famines, as well as prevalent crime and unstable governments. More personal chaos may be an unstable home, sickness, relatives on drugs, ridicule at school, or fears that cause turmoil of heart. Let us guide our children to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Note: Teresa Sedra is the wife of Mokhles Sedra and mother of two sons. She and her husband are representatives working in Egypt.
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl May 2018 Newsletter)