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Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)
TITLE: Be Still
By Linda Boulanger
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Those words first awakened me at 2:00am over a month ago. I ignored them. It was cold. I was tired. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to speak. I didn’t want to meditate.
I rolled over and covered my head, shrouding myself with the softness of the quilted comforter. Only…you can’t hide from God. I heard His voice again, no louder than before, no greater sense of urgency; just a definitive command.
“Get up,” I heard…or rather felt, perhaps. I’m not sure. Somehow I just knew what He was telling me.
With a groan, I obeyed. It was hard. My vision was blurry, my body cold and tired. Still, I opened my Bible and began to read. I spoke the words…quietly so as not to awaken the other inhabitants of the household. For at least an hour, I fought the heaviness of my eyes, doing as my Father had commanded.
Day after day, or morning after morning, I should say, I planted seeds. For over an hour I immersed myself during the quiet stillness. I grew strong. I prepared. Gradually I became ready to fight the good fight of faith.
Things began to happen. My world grew dark. The outlook was grim. My head screamed for me to curse God. Had I not been doing as He bid? Where was my protection, my refuge?
I went to bed, covering my head with the softness of the quilted comforter. I could not hide from that voice. Taunting, tormenting, tempting me to turn from my Lord. At last I took command. “No!” I screamed. Then, I grew quiet. Finally, I could hear.
“It’s time to fight. Use My word. Use your faith. Call on those reserves you have built up in your heart. Remember My word that you have hidden deep within. Speak. Believe. Then sit back and watch. Be still and know that I am God. Shhh!”
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