Sunday, January 15, 2012

What To Do With Elusive Answers

Life can be fickle, no? On the mountaintops and in the valleys, we go about our daily tasks with variable degrees of certainty. God’s will often guides in the big things, a pillar-of-fire-by-night type of thing. And in the little things we find ourselves operating on autopilot, occasionally remembering that those little tasks and actions matter as much as the big.

How about on the mountainside, riding up or down the path on a donkey’s back, holding on with both knees and cold knuckles? Across the vast spread that lies between big and little tasks, our focus on God’s will and purpose is… tumultuous.

We look for answers when our ways hit speed bumps or brick walls. We wonder which way to turn, which decision is best and which action will yield maximum blessings. Inevitably, and probably with a tinge of intolerance, we realize that our will, opinions or even our own well-being may not be the most valuable thing in the universe.

God’s will covers so much, yet free will and the misty nature of this world muddle the mind at times.

So what do we do when the answers that we seek are elusive? When God remains silent, when the day breaks and your wrestling match with the Lord continues?

Maybe it’s the start of a new year that stirs the thoughts. Or perhaps my mounting frustration with elusive or indiscernible answers has bubbled over the brim. In any case, the Word of God must hold an answer…

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

Stillness appeals to me like raw meat to a starved lion. But it’s a difficult thing to do, mentally, physically and spiritually. So I focus on the second part of the verse to induce that calm, to ease into the stillness.

God is God; there is none other like Him. And He will be exalted, in my country, in my home and in my person. He will be exalted in all the earth.

Despite my short cuts, dead ends, and wrong turns. He will be exalted through every aspect of my life, should I opt to join in the party and be faithful. THAT matters. THAT brings clarity and stillness to a tumultuous soul. And it brings shape to many answers that have remained elusive for far too long.

Chasing after answers can be exhausting, my friends. It’s necessary at times, and God invites us to ask, seek and knock away. But when we are still and know that He is God, the answers may just make their way to us.

In Stillness For the Moment,

thanks for the pics - sxc/limoncello (Tatra mountainside) and sxc/aryan251 (elusive smoke)


  1. You're SO right - being still is SO hard sometimes. But I can ALWAYS know. Great lesson, Di!!

  2. That is one of my favorite verses. It seems God speaks it to my mind, just when I need it most.

  3. You bring up so much for me to chew upon. I think I'll take these thoughts with me to church today and see what God makes of them.

  4. @Joanne - good to know I'm not the only one who finds it difficult to "Be still" :)

    @Vonnie - one of my fav verses, too, and applicable to so many struggles and situations in life

    @Dandelionfleur - (I just noticed the little French tail on the end of your name... beauty) - what did those thoughts taste like and what did He make of them?

    @Verna - pondering on His word is always excellent, eh? :)

  5. I love when God drops a thought or answer to a conflict into my thoughts "randomly" when my mind is in a quiet place and not expecting to hear from Him at that moment. Note to self: "Have more quiet moments."



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