It takes courage to do many things. I think of the times when I have had to step up and step out of my comfort zone. I also remember times when I have had to step back and let go of a situation I never had control of in the first place.
Sunday morning, I was reminded through the story of Daniel how little we know ahead of time when God requires us to step up. When I think of what Daniel was required to do, I usually consider what he did.
I also think about what God does in controlling authority. Especially this year, I have thought about how God already knows the results of the election. I don't. But, He does.
There are moments when I shudder at what those results might be. But, then I remember Daniel 2:20-22.
“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
“It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to men of understanding.
“It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And the light dwells with Him.
“To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,
For You have given me wisdom and power;
Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”
I also was reminded yesterday that some things we don't need to know and some things we would rather forget. I recently considered that part of why humans have such a difficult time forgiving is that we have an even harder time forgetting. At least, I know that's true for me. I don't want to forget about people, but I often wish I could forget what people have done. Sometimes I think there is more I need to know and understand in order to forgive and forget. But, I know there have been times when God has blessed me by letting me know less. He knows how hard it is for me to forget what I know. How much harder might it be to forgive if I were to know more?
I was reminded, too, that God is able to forget. I can make excuses and I say that I am human so I can't forget. But, that's not true. I can forget past actions if I am willing to let go of what only God has the ability to do. Part of "being still" requires the courage to not interfere with God. Certainly He allows us and commands us to participate in His work. But, then there are times when He clearly needs us to step aside and stay out of His way.
During the sermon, the guest pastor mentioned a song. I had been thinking about that same song the day before. Only God could have brought it to both of our minds. It's a personal favorite that I have sung in public and when I am by myself. I added the words to my art journal to remind myself what I truly need to know.