Posted: October 23, 2012 in Daily Living
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“Then you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:12-14

My brother is a photographer. The images he captures are alive with color and motion. In them he reveals rare, and often overlooked, glimpses of God’s glory, like sacred secrets.

Recently I received a photograph that depicts my brother crouched beside his tripod, a dark silhouette against the blaze of a brilliant orange sky. It is a picture of intentional stillness.

Photographers understand this need for stillness.

My brother has told me of rain-drenched misery, sand-gritted wind, and long, cold hours where cramps turn muscle to knot, and restlessness nags like doubt. And still, he intentionally seeks out these lonely, desolate places, confident that God’s beauty waits for him.

Be still,” we are told.

It is a difficult command. When our afflicted hearts twitch with uncertainty and doubt, when the longing to move forward robs our peace and sends a myriad of our own solutions ricocheting off the walls of our brains, stillness can be nearly impossible.

And yet, it is into this very chaos that our Heavenly Father whispers His invitation. There, drenched in sorrow with our best plans hardened into knots of despair we will find Him, hunkered in the night beside us, ready to reveal Himself, like a sacred secret.

God, I have to admit that often I’d be happier if You were more like a cosmic vending machine. That for each quarter sized prayer I offered there would be an immediate answer, one that I liked, or that at least made sense. It’s so hard to be still, to wait for You to do Your work in each situation, and in us. Lord, steady us when we long only to flee, when in our impatience we try to take things into our own hands. Give us the humility to trust and wait on You, to know beyond a shadow of doubt that You are here, hunkered in the dark beside us.

*Psalm 46:10

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  1. Thank you. My life verse