There comes a time in everyone's life when we go through a traumatic experience, an untimely death of someone we love, or just feel we are tried beyond what we can bear. We experience physical, mental and emotional trials. It is during those darkest moments we each turn to our God and passionately ask - why? What have I done to deserve this? Why am I being punished? Why did I have to go through this?
At one such point in my life, I pleaded to know why, and the words, "Be still and know that I am God," came to my mind. That was followed by the words, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." I immediately felt a peace and calm come over me.
I remembered these words from the Bible and wanted to see if I could find them. The first Bible verse is Psalms 46:10, and the latter is in Isaiah 55:8. The next three verses expounded on the first and touched my heart.
These words reassure us that God is in charge. He sees the big picture while we are not able to see past the immediate challenges we face. I believe He is our Father in Heaven who loves us and wants the very best for us.
It is almost like he is playing a tremendously large chess game. Each one of us are the players. He knows who he must inspire to accomplish his purposes. Each choice we make affects others, sometimes close to us and others anywhere in the world.
There is a story about a little girl named Mary whose father worked digging wells. Every day Mary took a sack lunch to her father. Looking down into the dark hole, she couldn't see her father working at the bottom, but he could see her standing in the light. Every day, she called out to her father. He told her to drop the sack down to him, and he would catch it. One day, her father said, "Why don't you come down and join me for lunch today? If you'll just jump into the hole, I'll catch you."
"But, Daddy, I can't see you."
"I can see you, and I will catch you."
Trusting, the little girl jumped. Her father caught her, and they enjoyed their lunch together.
This is the kind of faith that the scripture, "Be still, and know that I am God," is talking about. We must have an absolute faith in God to accept that he knows all and whatever happens is for our benefit. I believe he can see us and knows what we need to become the person we need to be.
Instead of asking why, it would be more profitable for us to pray and ask for peace through our trials and the strength to endure them well. We can ask him to help us recognize what he wants us to learn from the challenges we face.
When we approach God in faith and show our faith by obeying his commandments and living the very best we can, we will be guided and blessed. Just hold on. God knows what he is doing.