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A New Place to Be Still with God



I like to drive fast. I always have, and I still do. Vrooom….


I got my driver’s license as soon as I could. And because I shared my dad’s love of muscle cars, my first car was a Chevy Camaro. I loved driving as fast as the law would allow (and then some). When I was 16, time was on my side. Feeling free with few deadlines, to-do lists, expectations and pressures upon me, driving fast was just pure fun and joy!


But, I am not 16 anymore. Not in age or feeling. I am not free anymore. Deadlines, pressures, to-do lists and expectations are a part of daily life. But, I still drive fast. Faster than I should. And, it’s not for fun anymore. I am always hustling to get somewhere: Taking kids to school on time, getting to work on time, getting to Bible study on time, picking kids up on time, getting to church on time, and so on – and on and on…


I drive fast, but I don’t have fun anymore. Instead, I am filled with irritation and frustration.


Time has turned against me. In the car, I am joyless.

Then last week, God showed me that enough was enough. It was Monday, and I pulled onto Main Street to take my daughter to school. The two lane road was full of traffic and there was no way to go around anyone. I actually had to go the speed limit. All the way to school. I was filled with frustration! Later that morning on my way to work, again my efforts to go around other cars were halted. Every time I would get clear of a slow vehicle, some other vehicle like a Semi-truck would pull out in front of me and I would be forced to go the speed limit or slower.


This scene played out in front of me ALL WEEK LONG! Literally everywhere I went, my path was clogged and I was forced to slow down. I was frustrated, angry and overcome with desperate feelings. I yelled at every slow driver and did not abide by my vow to avoid profanity (not by a long shot!).


That’s when it happened.


As I crawled along the road at 15 mph on Friday morning, feeling my anger and irritation exploding to the surface at the thought of being late for work, I heard the words “Be still and know that I am God”. Huh, what? God, are you talking to me? Then, I heard it again, “Be still and know that I am God”.


Suddenly, I felt calm! Well, calmer. Much calmer than I had all week long. As I drove on, I focused on God’s words. And when I got to work, I looked up the scripture itself.


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.”


Actually, all of Psalms 46 spoke to me, convicting me and helping me to see that when I was in the car, my thoughts could still be joyful. The Word says that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” And twice the Word says that“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

It turns out that I am free, regardless of the demands on my time. It turns out that I can be happy, even when I am running behind. God is always with me! He is my ever-present help! I trust Him all the rest of my time and now I understand that I must be still and trust Him, even when I am in the car! It turns out it’s the perfect place to talk to Him, to be still and find refuge, strength and joy.


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Meet Clara

Clara is always ready for a conversation about anything; and with 2 teenagers and a husband of almost 20 years, she has lots of stories to share! She loves to aimlessly talk about baseball, football, action-adventure movies and 80’s music. However, her favorite thing to talk about is Jesus. Her relationship with Him has changed and grown so much in the last 10 years that she can’t keep it to just the people she sees in her daily life anymore!

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