The Place of Nothingness

So, if you’re a follower, you likely know that God has a tendency at times to hit me with a brick beside my head to get my attention.  As a leadership coach, who is type “A” and task-oriented, I have a strong fleshly desire to have a vision of where I’m going and strategies on how I going to get there.  So, when God is trying to get me to “be still”, He sometimes has to send me multiple messages.

Over the past few weeks, Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” has shown up in my life nearly every day.  I don’t have enough time today to summarize my journal, however, let me just say it pretty clear that I’m suppose to “be still”.  I must attempt this is one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced.

I have become a follower of Os Hillman over the past year.  It seems that our stories overlap tremendously.  What I’m learning is that it’s not only Os and my stories that overlap, it’s pretty typical of anyone whom God is raising up to be a change agent for His Kingdom.  So today’s devotional from Os was “The Place of Nothingness”.  I offer this to my followers as an acknowledgement of where I personally find myself in the journey today.

“The Place of Nothingness

May 25th, 2013 by Os Hillman

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) .

Do you find yourself in a place of nothingness? There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets us in a place of isolation and waiting. It is a place in which all past experiences are of no value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No new opportunities – simply inactivity.

During these times, God is calling us aside to fashion something new in us. It is a place of nothingness designed to call us to deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place, especially for a task-driven workplace believer. Our nature
cries out, “You must do something” while God is saying, “Be still and know that I am God.” You know the signs that you have been brought into this place when He has removed many things from your life and you can’t seem to change anything. Perhaps you are unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.

Many people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper work, He brings them into a time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They cannot see what God is doing. They just know that He is doing a work that cannot be explained to themselves or to others.

Has God brought you to a place of nothingness? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, your nothingness will be turned into something you will value for the rest of your life.

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Yes, I am in “The Place of Nothingness” and it is “eerie”.  I would also offer that in some aspects it’s one of the best times of my life.  As we learn to hear God’s voice and lean on Him, we truly start to understand what an awesome God we serve.

May today be a time of “being still” and celebration of “the place of nothingness”!

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