When God Says Hold Still

I have the cutest little dog named Riff. He’s a snuggler. He’s ridiculously cute. He always brings a smile to my face. I don’t know what I’d do without my little furry comfort ball.
But Riff has a problem. He’s prone to ear infections. I have these drops that clear the infections right up, but Riff flails and fights so much that I rarely get the drops in his ears. So… he’s constantly scratching and rubbing his ears on the carpet to relieve his discomfort. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “Riffer, if you’d just hold still, your ears would be all better!” He doesn’t listen. He fights the treatment that would provide his healing.
I’m a lot like Riff.
God has some heart surgery He wants to do on me. He’s already healed so many of my broken places. He started with the smaller things, and now He wants to take care of the big one. The hardest healing still needs to happen.
I find myself flailing and fighting the urge to run. I don’t want to hold still and let God do what He needs to do to make me well. Healing hurts, and, frankly, I’ve had my fill of hurting.
But I have to do this. I have to let God do what only He can do. I’m not a silly dog who doesn’t know better. I’m an intelligent woman who has seen God’s power at work in both my life and in others. I know the present pain will provide future freedom.
I will hold still.
Why does healing have to hurt so much? You could fix me with just a raise of Your all-knowing eyebrow. Part of me wishes You would.
But then I look back on all the good work You’ve done in me so far. None of it came easy. I thought the pain would kill me, but it didn’t. I know pain is a pathway to knowing You better. And, well, that’s the whole point of me being here. To know You and to love You and to help other people to know and love You, too.
So, do what You need to do, Lord. I will stay right here in this hurtful, holy place. I will hold still for as long as it takes to be well and whole.
I will hold still and remember who You are. Be glorified in me, Lord (Psalm 46:10). 
I will hold still and let You complete the good work You’ve started in me. Make me more like You, Lord (Philippians 1:6).
I will hold still and watch You fight for me. Be my defender and my safe place (Exodus 14:14).
In the faithful name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN
Is God asking you to hold still so He can do what only He can do? Be encouraged and challenged by this song by Jenny  Simmons.

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