“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
—Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
When I first lost my central vision, I worried constantly about how I would do things. How would I get where I needed to go? Did I need to move? How would I raise a baby? Could I see well enough to do everything necessary? Would people treat me differently? Did I look weird, crossing my eyes? People might think I was mentally slow and start talking louder. (Some did.) And the list of concerns went on and on…
But what I’ve come to understand years later is that I didn’t have all the future knowledge I would be given (as needed) to adjust to my loss. All I saw were limitations. I didn’t hold the missing puzzle pieces in my hand, and worry did not make them materialize. Only time and experience and a relationship with Jesus would make this possible. On my own power, I was a mentally-striving mess. The NASB translation of Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving, and know that I am God.” Yes, to cease striving. That means to stop your mental scheming, and let God light the path. He’s the One holding those missing puzzle pieces!
God plans good things for those who put their trust in Him (Jeremiah 29:11). And if we’re going to cease striving, we need to TRUST God’s plans. The second part of the above verse emphasizes God’s sovereignty. There’s a surety and peace we can rest in knowing God is fully in charge of all future events. Let’s try to remember that in our efforts to cease striving.
These are some ways I’ve found to rest my mind and turn it over to God. Try to employ one or more of them to settle your mind from whatever the current struggle is.
Get outside! Try to engage ALL of your senses to enjoy God’s creation. The breezes, smells, sounds, and sights fill your soul with the wonder of their Maker.
Get into the Psalms! You will see that the human condition has always been the same—in need of God. And He faithfully responds…usually in surprising ways!
Get excited about possibilities! Study the miracles of God to remember WHO you’re walking with. He’s got this! Also, remember God’s faithfulness in your own personal life, then you will feel assurance about current circumstances.
Give praise! This pleases God and fills us up at the same time. He is worthy!
These ideas may be common sense reminders for you solid Christians out there. But we can become used to a chaotic pace, and mental habits become entrenched. To slow down, connect with God, and cease striving…this will bring us a new perspective that mental gymnastics never could.