Stand – to be in an upright position with all of your weight on your feet; to take up or maintain a specified position or posture
I share that definition with you because the theme of “standing” has been popping up all over the place in my life over the past week. When a message shows up in the middle of your reality TV watching (shout out to Tamar & Vince), you’re trying to be reached! I’d like to believe I’m one of those people who knows how to take a hint from the universe. And even though I’ve touched on this topic on several occasions, there’s clearly a reminder in it for me and you! 🙂
Have you ever had a situation where there was a decision to be made and you didn’t know how to make it? Have you needed an answer but didn’t even know how to ask for what you needed? What about trying to deal with the naysayers in a civilized, sophisticated fashion? How about that feeling when you’re tired of being tired? Or have you ever been so depleted where days were a blur but yet you still believed there were moves to be made? I’ll take my chances and assume that anyone reading this can identify with at least two of these, and it took you a few revolutions with the same type of circumstances for the lesson to click.
There will be times when you have to push towards your aspirations and tasks in order to make the most of opportunities and blessings. But, there will also be moments when you’ll need to just stand. You’ll need to stand to hear, stand to recognize and receive your answer to a prayer, stand to perform a comprehensive reality check of what is and isn’t for you, stand to witness God work out situations you thought you knew how to handle, and stand to give your body and spirit an opportunity to refresh and revitalize everything from your cells to your ingenuity.
I can admit standing is a challenge especially when you’re one part control freak and one part perfectionist. I’m both of those mixed with a few other obsessive and workaholic parts, so I have firsthand experience in knowing how difficult it is to stand. This also means that I can confirm that some of the solutions you’re seeking will come when you decide to do absolutely nothing! Are you still with me? *breathe* Yes, give yourself permission to do nothing! You’ll be surprised by the number of times along your journey when your job is to not have a job. Put yourself in a posture that demonstrates you’re strong in your faith and confident in your heart that making the choice to stand in the midst of life’s clamor is not a concession of failure but your personal consent to freedom.