I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. – Psalms 16:7
In order to be counseled, we need to listen. In order to listen, we need to be quiet. In order to be quiet, we need to stop. In order to stop, we need to trust. Trust that it will get done. Trust that it will work out. Trust enough to stop so that we can receive the counsel we need.
Most of the time when we are rowing against the seas and winds, the temptation is to row our way out of it. To risk putting down the oars and take a moment to get our bearings… this is hard. But I’ve sunk many a ship by trying to row myself out of a situation.
We will receive counsel either way. The situation will counsel us after we try our hardest to do it all on our own… or we can stop and let the Lord counsel us. The right choice is clear, but for some reason it’s hard to stop rowing sometimes.