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Remain Still

Bridger, Montana has an abundance of wild rabbits in town. While out walking, I enjoyed watching the rabbits’ antics. They had various reactions to my coming into their territory. One bounded across the road in front of me, another one ran down the alley, while a third one sat watching me until I got close and then he ran away. One rabbit sat very still and did not even move as I walked within a few feet of him.

The last rabbit is the one I admire. He watched me come and go past him but didn’t move except his twitching nose. He somehow controlled his fear of me and waited to see if I was a danger to him. His complete attention was directed toward me.

There is a lesson to be learned from the courageous rabbit. We need to be still, too, when situations arrive at our doorstep. A child may be in trouble, a doctor’s report is bad, the economy is sinking, or a boss hints of our dismissal. When trouble comes our way, we need to control our urges to frantically run around and away from God. Instead, be still and listen to Him. By devoting our complete attention toward God, peace and guidance comes our way. Then we can calmly move where and when by God’s direction and walk through the problem.

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" Psalm 46:10 (NIV).

Helen L. Hoover


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