I spent a weekend shadowbanned on Instagram – quite intentionally by God I may add. As I prayed about it, God extended my ban. He said I cannot post on any form of social media, except SnapChat for the weekend…#wow.
I could engage with others. I could watch what everyone else was doing, but for one weekend, three days, nothing on my social media could be about me. I could not promote. I could not keep my ratings up. I could do nothing but sit and watch others do what they do.
My first response was relief. Thank goodness – three full days off!! Then, I began to worry. Who am I without likes and followers and fans? Just a mom and a wife and a friend.
“Yes! Yes! Remember her?” He replied.
I smiled. I sure love that girl.
Then I sat down to check e-mails and looked up to watch my favorite part of Hitch where they are speed dating, and Will Smith is explaining why the world needs a date doctor. He said that nice guys finish last and good guys never actually get the girl, and he actually protects the world from “jerks” (clean version). He continued explaining that the only reason the he had a business is that the world can stand to see nice guys win…good guys win.
And I cried. Only then did I recognize the self-imposed stress. I did not know. I could not see it in my quest to change the world. I heard God telling me to slow down. I heard Him telling me to stop, but I just kept going. I kept cleaning. I kept volunteering. I kept budgeting and re-budgeting and playing with my children and writing and posting.
Even today, I just kept going. I shut down social media, but then I obsessed over saving every penny and what I would wear and cleaning one more floor or tub or counter or corner…
“STOP!!! Just stop!” I heard “Be still…”
Then I fully comprehended what He was trying to tell me. The shadowban was only a piece of a much larger picture. The power was not in the posting but in the position…
Weight, power, and speed training all have what they call the power position. The position requires that before you can make any moves, before the move counts…the lift…or the race…or the time trial, YOU MUST BE COMPLETELY STILL.
Nothing counts afterwards if any movement takes place. You must start over and sometimes there are no second chances. Thus, when your coach…or your official…or your starter…
When the person tells you to assume the power position and wait, you stop.
And you wait on your command.
So that people can see you win. So that the good guys can finish first. So you can clearly hear God’s instructions. So that God can transform your ordinary into extraordinary.
“Be Still and Know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
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What are some ways that God has told you to “be still?” I’d love to hear your feedback.
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