“For the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
‘You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.'”
A Quiet Confidence . . .
A reclining chair occupies the corner of my bedroom. I call it my quiet chair.
My quiet chair wasn’t expensive. But it reclines just so, with a separate footstool for my feet. I feel like Goldilocks whenever I sit in that chair, for I don’t think it’s possible for another chair to feel more like home.
I love my quiet chair because it’s the place I return to whenever I need to rest. It’s the place where I most love to read my Bible, and the place where I pour my heart into prayer through the words I write in journals.
When I’m in need of some quiet time, I make my way to my quiet chair.
There’s nothing special about the chair, really, except it’s where my Father meets me. I know He’s with me everywhere I go, but my quiet chair is the place I go when I need a heart-to-heart with my Father. Time alone in His presence does more to quiet my soul than anything this world could offer.
After spending time with Him, I can resume my daily activities with a renewed strength — a quiet confidence — because I know not everything’s dependent on me. I’ve placed everything in His hands.
I forget that sometimes. I don’t know why. But I get to carrying on with my day, and before I know it, I’m fretting over small stuff and then worrying about big stuff that might not even happen. All my fretting and worrying is really a symptom of a false belief that everything is dependent on me. But it’s not.
God has everything in His hands already, and sometimes I just need a time-out for a few moments to remind myself that God’s got everything under control.
He delivers us when we return to Him, when we rest in Him. Every time.
Do you have a particular place
where you like to pray and read and spend time in His presence?