As we enter the second month of this brand-new year, most of us are carrying on with life as normal. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the political turmoil and economic uncertainty, humans do what they must do in order to survive. They press on, keep going and make it work.
I am no different. As a matter of fact, I tend to immerse myself in the busyness of life way too often. I work full time, I am a wife, a mother, a stepmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and often overextend myself. I am rarely still, and I am ashamed but honest enough to admit that I have largely ignored my relationship with God as of late.
But isn’t it just like our God to remedy that situation? When we won’t “be still and know that He is God,” oftentimes our Lord will put us in a situation where we have no choice but to be still. I have found myself right in the middle of one of those situations. Yesterday evening, while I was “being still” I watched a movie with my husband. I had seen this movie before and remember it affecting me profoundly. However, the first time I watched it, I was caught up in the plot and really did not take the time to apply it to my life. This time I really listened. One of the main characters in the movie is a coach, a husband, a father and a Christian. However, a chance encounter at a hospital with a sick man really makes him look at his life in depth. The sick man asks him, “Who are you?” The man replied, “I am a basketball coach.” The sick man laughs and says, “Strip that away, who are you?” The man answers, “I am a history teacher.” The two men go through this same dialogue over and over until every layer of who our main character was is stripped away and he finally arrived at “I am a Christian.” The sick man pointed out that he put all the busyness in life ahead of his relationship with Christ.
As I sat there pondering my own answers to the sick man’s questions, I honestly had to admit that I would have answered the exact same way. I think most people would. I mean, we wear a lot of hats. We are so many different things to so many different people. We take off and put on the hat that is needed most at any given moment. Sometimes, if you are like me, we juggle several hats at the same time and then wonder why life is so hard. I do. I struggle sometimes. I wonder why I feel overwhelmed and stressed and wondering who I am and what my purpose might be. Do you wonder the same? Do you find yourself wondering what all of this is for? Do you wonder what your purpose might be?
And then, my God puts me in a place where I have no choice but to be still and listen. And He gently (sometimes not so gently) reminds me of WHO I AM. So like the young lady in the movie we watched, I pulled out my Bible and read the first two chapters of Ephesians and God showed me exactly who I am. I am blessed. I am chosen. I am adopted. I am accepted. I am redeemed. I am forgiven. I am sealed. I am alive. I am loved. I am saved.
Do you know who you are? Do you see your value through worldly eyes or do you see yourself through the eyes of our Heavenly Father who values you more than you could possibly imagine? As a mother I pray that my children know who they are. I pray that they know He loves them unconditionally and completely. He loves them just as they are in all their humanness and imperfections.
I thank God for this moment. This moment of stillness. This moment of His gentle reminder of who I am and how very valuable I am to Him. I pray you know in your heart who you are. If you do not, find a Bible and read Ephesians 1 and 2. God will show you exactly who you are.
Charlette Hilton is a Mother of 2, a Louisiana Tech graduate and serves as Editor and Advertising Director for The Gazette. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org