Did I get your attention? Good!
So I did get a tattoo, but it wasn’t as crazy as the title of the post made it seem, but I wanted to grab your attention. I really wanted to share the meaning behind this tattoo because its part of my testimony. So I hope you stick around and keep reading.
Here it is. So I got this tattoo a while back, but thought it would be fun to share on here and explain the meaning.
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10
Anxiety is something I’ve struggled with for a long time, but within the past few years it has been off the charts. Chalk it up to being in a doctorate program which requires countless hours of studying, stress, and no sleep all while dealing with big life changes. I guess that could be part of it. haha.
If you’ve been around for a little while and read some of my previous posts or maybe heard me talk about it on IG stories, you also know that I went through some difficult things a couple years ago. There were a few major things that happened in my life that year, all within a few months of each other that completely rocked my world. I was beyond defeated by the situation, and it took me a long time to find peace. Looking back, so many good things came from it, but when I was going through the difficulties I couldn’t see that what good was yet to come from it.
The great thing about God is that he sees the whole picture, from beginning to end. We only see the right here and now. So when I was going through so many difficult and heart breaking and trying times, God was looking ahead and working things out for my good. He knew what good would come from it. He knew that it would later make me stronger. He knew it would allow me to thrive later on. I feel like the phrase “be still” has been the theme of my life over these past couple years.
When I was going through those issues, God was saying “Be still, and know that I am God”… Be still and let me work this out for you…. Be still in your heartache because I’m about to show you real joy…. Be still in the struggle because you’re going to thrive. Be still, there is no need to be anxious because I am here.
Even down to the smallest things, God is still saying be still and let me work. I can’t turn my anxiety off, unfortunately. It just doesn’t work like that. But I can have some peace in knowing that He is always with me, always taking care of me. So this small “be still” on my wrist is a daily, constant reminder to be still and let God.
I could write a novel on the times this has applied to my life, but the moral of the story is that God is almighty and He is always working things out for your good. All you need to do is be still, let God move, and then follow where he leads you.
P.S. The tattoo is also in my mom’s handwriting which is special in a whole other way, and doesn’t she have the best writing? haha.