Flourishing in the Garden
Cease Striving . . . An Easter Weekend “Pause”
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I’ve always read Psalm 46:10 as, “Be still, and know that I am God. . . ” but I was recently reminded of another interpretation that renders the old Hebrew phrase “Be still” to “Cease striving.” Hmmm, that seems to a better fit in these times. Neither interpretation however, means “Do nothing!” Rather the emphasis is on doing what you must . . . and not surrendering to frenzy mode when God is ultimately in control of the outcome.
In the end game, the only thing that really matters in life is whether we live it for God’s glory. For some of us, that will result in significant impact. But for most of us, our spheres of influence are limited and our impact in this world will be small, but nevertheless critically important. I think of working moms like my daughter, Erica. She’s not trying to change the world; she’s just trying to use her God-given skills as the City Engineer in a suburb of Atlanta . . . and raise her two precious girls.
Psalm 92:12 says this, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Yes, we’re each called to “flourish” in the garden that God plants us in—to grow, develop, thrive, and prosper in a healthy, vigorous way. We’re not to be envious or discouraged that we’re not planted in a bigger garden . . . or that we exist as a rather ordinary shrub.
As Good Friday and Easter Sunday approach, I concede that I wanted to get a lot more done this week. But it wasn’t to be, mainly because I decided to cease striving and “pause” to reflect on what’s more important this week. To that end, on Friday morning I’ll attend a Good Friday devotional with my son, Bryan. That evening, my wife Jan, daughter Caroline, and I will attend the Passion City Good Friday concert, along with 12,000 of our closest friends. Saturday we’ll do an Easter egg hunt with Erica, her husband Brian, and the grand-girlies. And then on Sunday we’ll all celebrate the Risen Christ and enjoy a family brunch together.
It’s gonna be a great week. What about yours?
“It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God’” (Romans 14:11).