Have you ever heard a song or a poem or a bit of Scripture that hits you so hard it’s as if God Himself is speaking directly to your heart?

Most of the time we’re too busy to pay attention, or we blow it off as “coincidence.” But when God has something to say, He’ll just keep after us until we finally get still enough to listen.

I’m convinced that He didn’t want me veering off on my own today. So in the sweet and wonderful way God works to bring light to dark thoughts on dark days, first came a song, then a friend, and then a Bible verse all in quick order. Every one of them made me smile, filled me with gratitude, and brought peace to my soul.


Exodus 14:14: “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”


I may not have an army chasing me, but there are moments when I start to panic. Thank goodness that I have friends who pull me back from the ledge, just like Moses did for those Israelites running from the Egyptians.

The people cried out in despair as they saw the army overtaking them (v 10), and whined to Moses about their woes. Rather than encouraging their pity-party, Moses reassured those whiners just as my beloved friends do for me: “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today” (v 13).

When we prayerfully ask the Lord to intervene, He will open up Red Sea to do just that.

But rescue is based on His schedule, His goals and His ways, not ours. So sometimes we need the reminders that only good friends, good music and His promise can bring.

Get still for a moment and just listen.

What do you hear from the Lord today?

(link to Hilary Scott’s “Still”)


Father, thank You for knowing me so well, and for giving me just what I need in the moment.

And thank You for every bit of history that we have together, You and me. I KNOW that You are moving mountains and parting waters right now on my behalf. Give me patience and trust to stay calm as You fight my battles. Don’t let the chaos of my circumstances overwhelm me. Let me just

“Be still and know that You are God” (Psalm 46:10)



  • Hi Mary,

    I just read your posting “And So We Grieve”. I just wanted to tell you that I could so relate to it. It was so good and I know it came from the heart. It was one of the best articles I had read in a very long time. I could relate to caring about the people who did the wrong and also the regret of not speaking up.

    I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to let you know I loved your article.

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