“There is a difference between being still and doing nothing.”
My husband shot up from the bed and stated.
I looked at him and really wondered what he was talking about. I glanced at his phone on the bed, it was off. So, definitely, it was not in reference to something he was reading.
“There is a difference between being still and doing nothing” he repeated.
I turned over and continued to feign sleep. That statement has refused to get out of my head a week later. I have thought about it, prayed about it, meditated on it and pondered over my actions in reflection over that statement and have concluded it as follows;
1 Chronicles 12:32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do–200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
Then the king consulted the wise men who knew the times, for it was customary for him to confer with the experts in law and justice.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his soul?
Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
You see, being still does not mean that one is not busy. It means that one is strategic in this sense, if you read 1 Chronicles as stated above, the sons of Issachar only 200 chiefs with all their kinsmen at their command compared to the thousands who came to partner with David from each kin, tribe and grouping. In the book of Esther Chapter 1, Queen Vashti made the biggest blunder in her position as Queen which angered her husband, but King Xerxes found a moment of stillness to gain wise counsel on what to do next. I mean, he had the option of ordering for her to be beheaded but he opted for stillness which resulted in wisdom. (I am not saying anything further than that for that is a discussion for another day because there is a better way that the Queen would have handled the matter).
When it comes to doing nothing, I mean why gain the whole world and not use it to secure your soul as well? This is specifically evident in this is COVID-19 season where (some – not all) persons with means, substance and opportunities are not remembering the needy and the homeless rather have enhanced security around their homes and have turned a deaf ear to loving their neighbour who is literally next door.
The best alternative to doing nothing is stated in Revelation 3:8 i.e. keep God’s word and not denying His Name. How? Look at what you have in your hands that can be of help to your neighbour who has been laid off, given an eviction notice by the landlord or has been placed in quarantine. You can buy dry foods and bless them, you can let them know of a cheaper place that they can find housing or if you have extra cash, pay their rent for the next 2 months or optionally prepare and deliver food to your quarantined neighbour so that they be able to go through this season in a peaceful state of mind.
Look around you and you will notice the situations and moments that require you to be still and those that need you to do something.
At the very least, do not do nothing.