Janet picked up her pace and run faster. Even to keep up her early morning jog was hard enough. She seemed to be running behind in her schedule almost all the time lately. She was swamped with school work, working between 2 jobs and trying to keep touch with relationships. It was almost as though she was just going through the motions. She stopped and wiped her wet brow with her bare hand and then held her hands on her knees. This is not how she had planned her life to be. It seemed so disorganized and unpredictable. She was a very orderly person by nature, so being in a place like this easily stressed and agitated her. At 28, she had thought that she would have finished her school, married and settled down to have kids. But No, she was nowhere near those goals. She had not even met anyone of ‘marriageable material’ according to her standard. She sneered at the thought.
She took a long deep breath before she set off for another marathon. She felt like she could run forever from the chaos and unsettledness in her life or until everything just somehow came into its place. When She was about to faint from exhaustion and could run no more, she willingly threw herself on a patch of green grass and just let out a cry.
“God! Where are you?! I have worked so hard and desperately want to see my life on track. Why, won’t you help me?”
And as sure as the sound of rustling leaves in a swift wind, came her answer.
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
“Be still my child. I am always there to guide and lead you. Quit trying to do it all on your own. I have plans for you beyond your wildest imagination. Do not fear. Trust in me. Let go of trying to make it happen and rest in me. I have it all figured out. Be still my child.”
The comfort and assurance that Janet felt as she sat still on the ground and tuned her heart to God, would never have compared in a million years to the times she had tried to get release for her troubled heart in so many other ways. She held on to the moment for as long as she could and savoured in the beauty and comfort of God’s Love. He would make it all work in His time. All she had to do was be still before Him and wait for His leading as He painted something beautiful out of her life.