“Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.”
Throughout our journey here on this earth we come across so many different things, some of which may be joyful, and others of which we don’t see happening. We are tried, we are tempted, and we are brought low. We meet people, and some stick by us, and others come and go. Some we grow up with, others we find along the way.
Whatever is put in our pathway, we must remember this is God’s perfect plan for us. We may get angry and we may not like what is happening, or even understand why. We often times don’t have an answer for anything and the best we can come up with is, “I don’t know.” We feel lost, we feel beaten down, we feel alone, and we feel broken. We don’t understand why and often times we wish we could reverse the clock and wish it all away, or wish we didn’t say or do a certain thing. The fact is we can’t; time goes on every day, and what God plans for us will happen, good or bad. As sinful human beings, we may get angry with God and shake our fist and say why? We don’t understand it, neither do we want to bring ourselves to understand it. And sometimes understanding it may never fully come to you; other times it’s clear and plain to you down the road.
God has a purpose in everything he does. Nothing happens by chance. It’s all in his will that everything happens. He brings upon trials and tribulations, so that our faith can grow stronger. He brings people in and out of our life, so we can learn to build true relationships and make other relationships stronger. He brings grief and sadness so we can learn to be happy and grow past the tears. He brings silence and anger to teach us a lesson. He brings problems and stress to teach us to rely on him and search his scriptures. He closes doors, and lets others open.
Everything has a purpose, whether we see it right away or not. It’s all of him and it’s all of grace. He brings mercy to those who cry out to him for forgiveness. He shows compassion to those who cast their burdens on him. He shows us love by being our heavenly Father, so that we may grow closer to him each and every day. He gives answers to those who pray faithfully and sincerely. He shows compassion and sends relief to those who show they are truly his children. He is our God. And as weak, sinful, dead humans we don’t always understand. We are afraid and lost and often don’t know where to turn. We don’t know what is next or where to go from here.
Be still, my soul. We must not fret or wonder why or how. God is always there. He is on our side during our best moments and during our weakest moments. He is our Father. He is faithful. He will provide. He never forsakes us. Even when we feel alone and we feel like our whole world just came crashing down, we can stand up and say, God is on my side. We can confidently approach him and ask him to heal us and help us on this journey. Asking him and praying for him to guide us to understand his ways, to guide us on our next step, and to trust him in all things, knowing it is for our good.
“In every change, He faithfully will remain. Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.“ God is there. If something is gone or taken away or something is thrown at us unexpectedly it’s for a reason. Sometimes, God brings things back. He may heal us from a sickness, or someone who wasn’t there anymore God can lead back to us and us back to them. But it’s all of His will; I say it again, but it’s so true. He deems what he seems fit to do. He will never leave us. He is always there. Lean on Him. Trust him. Pray to him. Love him. There is a reason. There is a time. There is a purpose. Be still, my soul.
“Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine. “