This is going to be a mulit-part blog over the next few days so as not to bore the casual blogger or blog follower with a seemingly endless mass of words.

I’m in a different place in my life right now. There are a lot of things going on (some major, some minor) that are difficult to deal with at times. (no one freak out or anything….I’m not depressed, my marraige isn’t on the rocks, we’re not bankrupt, or any of the other stuff that probably would come to mind when a person talks about hard times) I think just maybe that God has slated me for some time on the proving ground.

At this time, I’m not ready to publicly talk about what’s going on. If you’re close to me, you probably already know some of what’s going on. God is speaking to me a bit differently right now. In difficult times past, He’s used a scripture or a word of encouragement from someone I trust to help get me through. This time, He’s using song lyrics. (go figure….I mean, I am a worship minister…..makes sense right?)

The first song that has come to me, is one that I don’t even know all that well, but I know 1 line of it very well. The line is this:

“Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child.”

I’ve watched God calm a lot of storms in my life. But recently I’ve really noticed Him calming me and not the situation. This isn’t to say that I’m not genuinely concerned about situations I’m faced with, but it is to say that for the most part I am looking at the situation with a much calmer state of mind. Part of this calming that God is teaching me is directly from scripture where we read:

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Ps. 46:10

Do you realize how hard that is for someone like me to grab hold of? I am a Yankee, born and bred, but I love living in the South. I’ve always said the perfect place for me to live is a place where people are friendly but still get things done with some kind of sense of urgency.

I do NOT like waiting. I want an answer……..a solution or resolution…..and I want it yesterday. Being still is not part of my internal hardwiring. Maybe that’s why God seems bound and determined to get me to be still. Maybe I’m too busy to always hear His voice. Maybe, I’ll get the peace of mind about a situation if I will just wait.

“When you wait you will find strength.

When you wait you will find rest.

When you wait you’ll learn to rise above,

and you’ll soar through every test.

If you’ll just wait.”

………to be continued