Be still, and know that I am God
Even though it may not look like the best option right now, make sure that you place a high premium on your significant relationships in life. They are more precious than you think.
Naomi thought that she was enduring the greatest hardship when there was a famine in the land. She and her husband and two sons escaped to Moab to get away from the pressure, but after some years in Moab, Naomi found out what pressure really was when her husband and both sons died.
Suffering the loss of the men in her life made the famine look easy by comparison! Now Naomi said of herself as she returned to Bethlehem, “Call me Mara.” Which means bitter, for “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty.” (Ruth 1:21) The loss of those relationships was a heavy burden to bear.
Whatever is going on to bring pressure and strife to your relationships, it’s not irreversible. Stay on the potter’s wheel and don’t disconnect from the purpose of God for your life. God is still working things out. It may seem that God has you in a lean place right now, but just be still and know that He is God. It is far better to have God deal with you, than to be left to your own devices in life, because with God there is mercy and there is restoration. He is on your side and He will help you.
In everything, He is doing far more with you than you imagine, so hang on in there! Keep yielding to Him and let Him have His way. He will lead you through treacherous waters and enable you to find a way to restore and revitalize those precious relationships.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great mercy in my life and thank you for precious people and significant relationships that you have given to me. Right now, I recognize their value before you and I remember the joy of when we first started to love one another.
I yield to you again today and ask you to give me the wisdom and the sensitivity to handle them right. I believe I receive the ability to know when to talk and when to keep quiet, when to bring up issues and when to affirm and encourage, when to cover and when to confront. Thank you that by your grace we can make progress and build so that these relationships flourish and last. Thank you, Lord!