Working and Being Still

Today was my first day at my first job following college. My title is Sourcing Specialist, and I work for a small healthcare recruiting agency named Provenir Healthcare. The environment is fairly slow-paced and laid back, and consists mainly of supportive and encouraging scouts who are loyal to the brand and everything it stands for. So far, I am under the impression that my job will by no means be stressful, and it is thankfully situated in a low-stress and relatively slow-pace environment. Most of my co-workers seem upbeat and optimistic.

Aside from my long list of praises, what I really came to write about is the urgent necessity for stillness, especially in the life of a young christian like myself. The reality is that I have not got it all figured out and that really accepting that is the first step in figuring most things out. The conflict lies in that I perceive that at this age, everyone expects me to have my head fixed firmly on my shoulders and to know exactly where my life is headed. God on the other hand..simply expects me to stop and acknowledge him.

“Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted among the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Being in a Rush

My soul is set on one goal and that is accomplishment. I want to finish each task assigned to me and finish well, and because of this I find that even in this relaxed environment I am distracted by thoughts ringing in the back of my mind which are rushing me make it to the finished line. I do not know why I am in such a hurry nor from whence came this angst to be constantly outstanding. I am but a mere mortal. God is God and I am not. I must let him be.

He is guiding me along paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3), and is arranging for all things to fall perfectly into place at the right time. Why must I grow weary concerning myself with whether or not I will arrive at a particular destination on time? He has already ordained all things (Ephesians 2:10). I need only to trust him.

My earthly father did not illustrate this fact for me very well in his daily living, and so this concept of resting in the Lord and trusting his guidance can seem far-fetched at times, when I make a task of comprehending it. The reality is nonetheless that most things in my life have been the result of simply placing one foot in front of the other day by day and trusting him. It is not meant to be complicated. The illustration that comes to mind most often concerning this subject is a father walking along a path, hand in hand with his child. The child’s main focus is not the destination, but that he must be careful to stay close to his father and not let go of his hand. It must be this simple, and this is the most firm foundation. This is the most strong security. No matter how favorable our environment or seemingly stable it is, the lord remains our fortress. He is like a fortified city. He is the rock.

As long as this is engraved upon my heart, I will be glad to delight in the wholesome pleasures that surround me and to absorb the mercies of a special place like the office at Provenir. Nothing is wrong with just being thrilled about what the lord has provided. In fact I think he wants us to be, but only in him. After all, he is really the point of it all. It all points back to him.

Prayer: Father we thank you that you are on the throne and that nothing can take you off. Even more Father, we ask you to make your home in our hearts and to be ever-seated on the thrones of our hearts. Father we love you and want to adore nothing more than we adore you. You Father, are our first love and supreme enjoyment. Thank you. Amen.

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