Saturday, May 30, 2009

the place of nothingness

The Place of Nothingness
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2,
by Os Hillman 05-25-2009


"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)


Do you find yourself in a place of nothingness? There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets us in a place of isolation and waiting. It is a place in which all past experiences are of no value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No new opportunities - simply inactivity.

During these times, God is calling us aside to fashion something new in us. It is a place of nothingness designed to call us to deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place, especially for a task-driven workplace believer. Our nature cries out, "You must do something" while God is saying, "Be still and know that I am God." You know the signs that you have been brought into this place when He has removed many things from your life and you can't seem to change anything. Perhaps you are unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.
Many people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper work, He brings them into a time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They cannot see what God is doing. They just know that He is doing a work that cannot be explained to themselves or to others.

Has God brought you to a place of nothingness? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, your nothingness will be turned into something you will value for the rest of your life.

MY PRAYER; LORD, IN THIS SMALL, ENCLOSED SPACE WHERE I NOW LIVE, OF (ALMOST) NOTHINGNESS, I FEEL SOMEWHAT UNIMPORTANT. YET I KNOW THAT EVERY LITTLE ACTION IS OF SIGNIFICANCE IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS. HELP ME TO NARROW MY VISION TO WHAT YOU HAVE CALLED ME TO IN THIS MOMENT, AND TO STOP YEARNING FOR THE GLORY DAYS OF WHEN MY WORLD WAS SO MUCH BIGGER AND I COULD DO SO MUCH MORE.

I USED TO DEAL WITH HUNDREDS...NOW I DEAL WITH JUST A FEW.

I USED TO BE SORT OF FAMOUS...NOW NOBODY EVEN KNOWS WHO I AM.

BUT YOU DO.

AND MY LITTLE DAUGHTER DOES.

AND MY HUSBAND DOES.

AND MY GRANDCHILDREN DO.

HELP ME TO BE CONTENT. TO BE QUIET, LIKE A WEANED CHILD.

I DON'T MISS THE "GLORY DAYS", ACTUALLY, LORD. BEING KIND OF TIRED, AND OLD, AND ALL.

IN FACT, AS I PONDER IT, THESE ARE THE GLORY DAYS.

MOMENT BY MOMENT, IN MY TINY UNIVERSE, YOU ARE HERE, AND small, insignificant THINGS LIKE COOKING, READING BOOKS TO MY BABY, GOING FOR WALKS, AND BABYSITTING DO MATTER. OH YES, THEY DO.

HELP ME TO BE CONTENT.

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