The definition of still is 1) not moving or making a sound, 2) deep silence and calm.

For me, I can come home after work and sit still i.e. not move or make a sound.  I can watch a movie and not move.  The problem I have with being still is when I’m depressed.  I get antsy when depression hits and I want it fixed as fast as possible. I want to do something, anything, to make the depression go away. Being still is the absolute last thing on my mind. I have found though that the verse, Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  gives us permission to “chill out” and let God do the work.

It is so hard to be in a state of depression; so I am constantly thinking how to fix it. I’m looking on the internet. I’m looking for books and blogs. The two things I’m not doing is:  1) Not letting God take care of it.  “I” am doing the work and not turning it over to God. The second thing is I am not being still. I have to practice this concept. Practice is the key word for me. One time it was like God taking over and I was so glad! If you are a “fixer”, letting someone else help is so hard AND we think we are the one who has to fix not only others but ourselves as well.  Maybe God just wants us to sit down, take a breath, and remember He is the one who is in control.

So the next time you feel like controlling/fixing  your depression and being controlling over your situation, think of this verse and try to practice it.  Say to yourself, “I give myself permission to be still because God has asked me to” and see what happens.

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