• Sara Chapple

Be Still. And have some JOY!

2 days people! 2 days!

How are we doing? Are we being grateful? Selfless? Generous? (check back to our other Thanksgiving Devotionals)

Just checking in before all the fun begins and reminding us to:

“Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10

I know what you might be thinking:

“How can I be still when I have 5,000 things to do TODAY?!”

Welp, Jesus needed to save THE WORLD and he was never in a panic or a rush. So….

It’s truly amazing when you think about it. He was the Savior of the World and he was present in each tiny moment. Saw each unique individual. Regularly took time away for prayer and solitude with his Father. And never broke that connection.

“Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19

"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

No offense to you or me or our respective “to do lists” but none of our tasks come close to the importance of his.

We really don’t have any reason to be stressed. We aren’t actually saving the world and we really can always take the time to pause and be still and remember that he is God and he already did.

He is in charge. He is in control. He is working all things out for our good.

And that’s why JOY is available to us! He’s got this!

The last time our family did an amusement park together was three years ago at Universal Studios in Florida. The main reason we went was to see Harry Potter World. It was amazing! I definitely recommend it. We all love the movies and the books and it was incredible to see. The kids still say that was our best vacation and they all want to go back. Me and the hubby, eh, not so much. It was amazing, don't get me wrong. I have great memories. But the kids’ joy was a little bit greater than ours for a few reasons. Mainly they didn’t have to think about anything but having fun! They weren’t ever thinking about the budget or the schedule for each day and which was the best way to tackle all we wanted to do and spend the least amount of time standing in line. (That last part isn’t a requirement for vacation, it’s just my strategic brain doing its thing. ;))

Guess what? God is our parent in the background thinking about and taking care of all the things. And he is really good at his job.

We are freed up to be like kids and enjoy everything! We weren’t ever supposed to be all stressed out. That’s why the Bible clearly tells us:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

So even during a week like this week it’s possible for us to slow down, find stillness and peace and enjoy.

Please enjoy this week. (I am going to encourage myself for a minute here. If it helps you too that would be a blessing.)

Please have joy this week. Yes, your complete, normal routine has been put through the shredder and then burned to ash. You are not going to get some things done. But that’s ok. Let’s find joy in the unexpected and unplanned and undone.

You’ve been given the gift of time this week. Time with amazing people. EMBRACE it. Enjoy it. And be still in the midst of it. Don’t be thinking about anything else you should could be doing. Laugh all the laughs, feel all the good feels.

This precious time is a priceless gift. Let’s not miss it.

Let’s choose to trust God and trust that the things that don’t get done didn’t really need to get done to begin with.

And let's enjoy all that we do this week. Remember Mary and Martha? We can do things and still have our heart focused on God. :) That's where we find the stillness and rest in the midst these next couple of days.

He is with you. He's got you. So we can just enjoy. :)

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