Our dear friend, John, bought the first rendering of this art piece. We were happy to talk to him about his vision, listen to his story and make his vision a reality. And as challenging as it was to create, we still thoroughly enjoyed the process. But I don’t think we really understood what it meant to wait on the Lord until my friend Kamille released her blog titled “Be Still.” In it, she was vulnerable and honest about her present situation: God is making her wait. Normal…that happens all the time. But her response was not typical—at least, not as typical as it should be among believers.
She embraced an important truth about waiting: that God could be making her wait for something amazing with no intention of giving it to her. Through this time, He may be teaching her how to be still.
We’ll let her speak here because she put it so beautifully:
“Stillness is important to God. God needs us to be still because it is only when we are still that we can really hear Him and see Him.
My mind was really all over the place, which inevitably led me to worry a bit, which inevitably led me to be somewhat anxious, which inevitably led me to shift my focus away from the omniscience and omnipotence of God. I started questioning His plan and His timing. My feelings and wants began to cloud my vision. It became about what I want instead of what God wants.
I mean, it is entirely possible that God just wants me to experience the application process and not being chosen in order to teach me acceptance, grace in the face of failure or even patience. I don’t know, but I wasn’t settling into His steps. I was running ahead.
I had to be still.
“Being still is not easy. It commands us to trust in God and in His plans for us… which is technically what we’re supposed to be doing anyway, as a wise man said in Proverbs 3:5-6. ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’
We still have to actively seek Him.”
Kamille John everyone – the discerning friend everyone needs in their lives. Thank you for such a profound lesson Kamille, and thank you, John, for giving us the opportunity to paint something so meaningful.
-Philip & Davina
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