Pacing back and forth… Nerves starting to get the better of me… More pacing… “Am I going to be able to do this?” I think to myself. I know that stress manifests itself in my body in different ways (cursed genetics). And this is the king of stressful days! Tick tock… Time is passing so slowly. A magazine… hmm… something to take my mind off of how nervous I am. It doesn’t look too interesting but its something to occupy my time. But my eyes zone in on one paragraph. It says in times of trouble or stress to breathe in while saying “be still” and breathe out while saying “and know that I Am God!” Ok here it goes, “be still” (breathe), “and know that I Am God” (breathe). I do it again and again. Suddenly I no longer have to pace. Suddenly I no longer am questioning whether or not I will be able to make it through this; I know I can. Suddenly it is time… I’m getting married now.
I get nervous (understatement) and getting married is enough to make anyone nervous. Growing up I have always been afraid that on my wedding day I’d pass out, forget the words, cry through the entire thing, or do something that would inevitably leave me embarrassed in front of a lot of people. But as I read that little prayer, I was calm. I know God, and I know He is bigger than any of my stresses, anxieties, or nerves. And I know that my God loves me and wants the best for me. All I have to do is recognize that, and I did.
For me, getting married was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. I stood their with my beautiful bride, and I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t scared. I was calm and was joyous because I knew who God was in my life, what He was doing for me at that moment, and what He had done to bring us to that moment. He alone was the reason for my strength; He made good on His promise and wants to do the same for you.
When you don’t know how you are going to face your fear, when you are worn out by stress, when you are afraid you just can’t go on; why don’t you breathe. Breathe the breath that God has given you. And recognize who His is and who you need Him to be in your life. “Be still, and know that I Am God!” Uttering that simple statement will rock your world!
“Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10