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Hold Still

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” George S. Patton

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I remember the moment vividly. It was an early summer morning and dad and I were working together outside, using a wheelbarrow to haul rocks and dirt.

All of a sudden, we heard a tremendous buzz. I looked up and the sky was filled with bees–thousands of them! They were flying together like a giant morphing blob in the sky.

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Every instinct told me to run. But, sensing my fear, dad took my arm. “Hold still, son.” Sure enough, the bee swarm passed us by. It probably took a full minute for them to clear the sky!


Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

According to bible scholars, King David wrote these words while under great personal and political stress. And things had been that way for years.😬

It’s hard to be still when your life is a constant chaotic mess. Pandemonium and peace don’t necessarily mix. But stillness–somehow, some way–is a better choice.

Can you picture David as a young shepherd, sitting on a hillside watching his father’s sheep? Maybe he played his harp there and sang songs to the Lord. Or did he just listen–to the wind, and the birds, and to God?

Today, may we find the courage to hold still a minute longer. To know God, no matter what comes swarming through our lives.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

57 replies on “Hold Still”

Yes. One minute can sometimes feel like forever. But we usually come out better equipped on the other side. Thank you for stopping by, friend. I know you are a very busy guy and I appreciate your time. Blessings!

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I love the no matter what comes “swarming” through our lives. Perfect illustration by being still as your father instructed you averted getting a nasty sting. We can too when we are still with our Heavenly Father. Thanks, David, this is a great post!

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I suppose Summer will lose some of her “Puppy-ness” as she ages and you work with her more. Yes, spring is beginning to show itself around here. Just this morning we found some daffodils in an empty flower bed.

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Adi has a pretty steady head on her shoulders so you’re right. She’d stay calm and simply look to me for her course of action. Summer on the other hand would either start dancing around in horror or even worse start leaping up trying to catch them in her mouth out of curiosity. I would like to say I’m more like Adi, but the truth is I’m much more Summer-ish than I’d care to admit. Have a great weekend David. I hope spring is starting to show herself in your neck of the woods.

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We went to visit our sons early in the break. Got back Friday morning. Got our second shot (shingles vaccine) at a pharmacy. Achy all over and tired. Oh well, it’s better than getting the shingles. 😉

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I trusted my earthly father completely. I knew he would keep me safe. Like you said, it’s the same way with our Heavenly Father—but even better! Thank you for reading and commenting, Beth. I wonder what Adi would do if she saw a bee swarm? Listen to you, I bet!

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A profound and perfect application of that experience to Psalms 46:10 David. All I could think is that if you had run that swam would have been hot on your tail. Thank goodness for a father’s wisdom. Makes me wonder how often our heavenly Father’s “Be Still” is His hand of protection from the sting of what is passing overhead.

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David, the bee swarm is a great illustration of being still and trusting. In this case your dad provided the wisdom, you listened and the bee crisis passed. When we quiet ourselves and listen to the still small voice of God, the crisis will pass. Blessings!

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Your Dad was a wise man. What a great picture of staying calm under stress. I remember we had a swarm park on the corner of our church building for a few days and they invaded two of the Sunday school rooms. We left them alone and thankfully God just moved them on to somewhere else!

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As always, a timely encouraging read. For me the most difficult part of being still is letting go of my desire to control. But letting go brings peace. Because really, ” having control” is an illusion. Only God has control. Have a blessed Saturday, David

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Wow, what a scary story about the bees! But such a great reminder that we need to be still and trust God. It’s hard to be still these days, even in good times. Most of us are always on the move, doing something. And when trouble hits, we think we have to fix it asap. May we remember that God Almighty is fighting for us, if we allow Him to. Thanks for this great post, David! Blessings.

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It was scary indeed, Barb! Thankfully, we were able to crouch down beside the wheelbarrow. That colony of bees 🐝 probably wouldn’t have paid us any mind. Even if we were eating honey sandwiches. They were headed somewhere in a hurry! Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

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Such a hearty AMEN from me in your blessed and super timely words.

God has been speaking to me, lots, about holding on just a little longer, and not to throw away my effort – because it simply doesn’t work that way in our service of the Lord.

For me, personally, it is to do what God has asked me to do until He tells me to stop – not until I feel I’ve done enough. Because my perspective just isn’t that of God; His ways are not my ways.

Thankyou for writing this precious post.

Andy B

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A very encouraging word David. It is a natural tendency to scramble and do things to gain some semblance of control when life feels crazy. But as you said it takes courage to be still during those times. May we hold still at His feet knowing that He is right with us and we need not fear or worry.
Thank you David 🙂

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Agreed, Rainer. It’s often in the middle of chaos when we most need to take a proverbial “chill pill.”💊 I needed to hear it too. Just this morning I flipped open the book of James: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Thank you for reading and commenting, brother. I hope you have a blessed weekend.

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One of the hardest things to do when you are in the pandemonium or under attack is to be still, remembering to rest in the Lord rather than responding in our own humanity in that moment. Good post, David. I needed this reminder this morning.

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