Today's Devotional Thought
October 21, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
One of my all time favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." We have written on it many times before and I have even shared how critical a verse it was to me as I endured Isabella's pregnancy. I heard that verse again yesterday in a somewhat new way. I want to share that with you today.
But first, I need to share a little about my personality...
I am an analyzer. I like to take complex problems and break them down into their parts so that I can completely understand a process. I actually get that from my dad. In fact, I love to watch him think. You hit him with a problem and you can just see his brain picking it apart to figure it out.
I'm exactly the same way. You hit me with a complex issue and I want to break down so I can understand it. And ultimately, so I can help fix it. It is probably why I went into research and teaching. I just love breaking concepts down and helping to explain them from the smallest parts up to the biggest parts.
But sometimes, I need to just stop my brain and be still.
Wendy mentioned in a previous devotion that we are currently facilitating Beth Moore's Breaking Free with the ladies of our church. It is a wonderful study and we have just gotten to the point where we are analyzing our heritage to understand where some of our strongholds may be coming from. My brain just lights up as I think about the analysis that this requires. I am excited by the complexity of human behavior and our pasts and how genetics and environment combine to form our unique experiences of life. Gets me all a tingle just thinking about it!
But guess what?
Sometimes, it can get to be just too much. Sometimes our family stuff is just too much, too difficult, and too complex for human minds to break down. And certainly not fixable by any human effort. I heard that very clearly in the words of Psalm 46:10 as I was listening to one woman talk about her story and her heritage. It was just too much (even for this self-proclaimed lover of complex human behavior). And I heard God saying, "Be still and know that I am God." Be still and know that you don't have to fix it. Analyze it. Understand it. You just have to know that I know how to fix the brokenness in you.
Whether you are looking at your family heritage and the outcome of generations of family dysfunction or looking at a current problem that has sprung up in your life, we may be tempted to analyze it and try to break it down into the pieces that we can fix. And sometimes, God asks us to examine a situation and change our patterns to fix it. But girlfriends, sometimes it just becomes overwhelming and we just can't understand it enough to even know what to do. And, it is at those times that we just have to be still and know that He is in control and can fix it. Sometimes, we just have to turn off our overactive brains and let him work in us and through us.
I know it is not easy (especially for those of us who love to analyze things), but it is what is best. Best for us and best for the situation. When you find yourself overanalyzing today, remind yourself to be still and know that He is God.