Be Still & Know

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

When all this craziness first started, I didn't feel the emotional effects of it immediately, As the days turned to weeks the reality of it all started setting in. I started feeling so anxious. There was this pit in my stomach that I could not get to go away. I have known in my heart from the beginning that God has had this, but when we are bombarded with so much bad news and confusion it is easy to let fear creep in.

God tell us, "Do not fear," 365 times in His word. One for each day of the year.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

Fear is why there is no toilet paper or bread at the grocery store. Fear is why I have a pit in my stomach. Fear is what is drilled into our heads as we watch the latest news report or read another news article.

As I was painting a week or so ago, my anxiety and fear totally took over. The longer I painted the worse the paintings looked and the more anxious I felt. I saw my prayer journal sitting on table in my studio, and I just had this urge to write God's word on all the paintings that weren't working. So I did. And then I ripped them up and hung them all around my studio.

One of the verses I hung was this:

"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8