Monday, 21 January 2013

Sit Still?

I woke up to near -17 temperatures this morning, and for some reason, this came to mind:

I thought of family devotions we had last summer, one in particular, in which my Dad read this interesting poem to us. This particular time, Streams in the Desert was being read, and I recall being temperamental about something of small consequence. After hearing the "sit still," I knew it was meant for me, but I was annoyed, as I cannot "sit still" for too long.  Just "sit calmly" still? Ha! I wanted to know God's will then, right at that moment. I knew I wanted to follow his will to my utmost, but there was one problem: My "dear Lord's will" wasn't clear.  So now, I still sit still, but everything is much clearer, and much more exciting.

Sit Still, My Daughter 
by J. Danson Smith

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days--these waiting days--as ill.
The One who loves thee best, Who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, 'tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart's deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord's will.
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corroding within, because of His delay--
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could'st thou for Him fill?
'Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
'Tis hard, 'tis true! But then--He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
Alright, I admit; sitting still has its pros, and how glad I am that I listened.

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