For the go-getters and doers and those who run after dreams, to stand still can seem like a waste. A waste of energy, time, opportunity.
But it’s not. Because we can’t go-get and do and run all the time. Sometimes the very best thing we can do in a moment is to simply stand.
. . . for something.
. . . for someone.
. . . for yourself.
. . . in faith.
. . . against evil.
. . . when you’ve done everything else already.
Right now, that’s where I’m at. Standing. Keeping a boundary in a tricky relationship. Holding still to see God work in a friend’s life. Staying quiet when I’ve had to confront someone, then instantly want to smooth things over and take their discomfort away. Stepping out in faith, then standing in that step long enough for life to settle into its new, healthier normal.
It may feel weak to stand still, when we’re so used to moving. To be still when we’re good at getting things done.
But to move in those moments robs us of the gift that only staying put can cultivate. Seeds sown can only sprout if we leave them where they land.
We owe it to ourselves to trust the truth of Scripture: whatever one sows, that will he also reap (Galatians 6:7). We owe it to God to let Him bring our efforts to fruition in this world. To stand still long enough for Him to cultivate life from a mixture of the supernatural and the super ordinary in us.
Yes, take the bold steps. Yes, chase the dreams. Yes, invest in healthy relationships. Yes, heal in the deep places of your heart. And, when it’s time, courageously stand there and see what happens.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all. . . stand firm.” —Ephesians 6:13
Standing with you,