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Good Morning MVC - May 14th

by Sarah Goodale on May 14, 2020

Good Morning MVC,

 

Tonight, instead of our prayer and worship night David Miles will be leading a time of encouragement and prayer on Facebook Live on the MVC Facebook page. We will be moving to doing the prayer and worship nights one-time a month as we head into summer and prepare for this next phase as things begin to open up. Join me in thanking the amazing worship and tech team that have worked tirelessly during this time to encourage and bless us. You will not want to miss this Sunday as our Youth Director Joe Phenisee will be preaching.

 

The last two weeks I have felt my anxiety gradually ticking up. I am not usually an anxious person but this week it started to really become uncomfortable. I had tried my best to ignore it, push it down, and write it off as normal for times like these. As I began to prepare last night for the Good Morning MVC it continued to get worse. I felt restless like a weight on my chest like a storm inside me. Needless to say, I did not sleep well. This morning I had set my alarm early for 5:30am to pray for a friend having surgery this morning and as I awoke the anxiety was still heavy on me. As I started to get up I felt the Lord stop me and he said, “Be still”. Not be still and go back to bed (I know some of you thought that might be where I was going with this), be still and remember that he is God. As I lay there praying so many verses about being still came to mind and moments where God made me wait on him. All of a sudden the storm in body cleared and I breathed in the peace of the Lord.

 

I had something completely different planned for today’s devotional but instead I want to share with you some of the verses I have been studying this morning.

 

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 37:7

 

He says, “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

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:14

 

That last verse takes place after all the plagues have happened in Egypt and Pharaoh finally lets the Jewish people go, but he changes his mind and takes his army to chase them down. The people began to fret and lash out and Exodus 14:14 is Moses response in the moment just before God parts the sea.

 

The last passage I want to leave you with is Mark 4:35-41:

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

            Today if you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s circumstances, if you feel like the enemy is pressing in, if you feel like a storm is raging inside of you take some time to meditate on these verses. Our God is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28). He will deliver you, he will defend you, and he will give you peace.

-Sarah

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