I learned to drive in western NY in January! That December we had 33 inches of snow. We had another 45 by the end of February. I looked it up because I remember it being really snowy that year, but I didn’t trust my memory. As an aside, if I had a super power I think it would be fact checking. Random meme = fact checking. Reality show about families in the Alaskan Bush = fact checking. Quotes that seem out of character for attributed author = fact checking. Political ads =
fact checking… oh, why bother.
So back to driving in western NY. My driver’s ed instructor knew about every fatality in our town for the last 30 years and was determined that none of us were going to die. I don’t remember his name, but I remember that he terrified me.
He challenged us and took us through some crazy drills that would probably cause an uprising of parents if it happened today. He taught us how to handle a car when we didn’t feel in control and when we were scared. He didn’t teach us when the weather was bad. Rather, he taught us when the weather was quiet.
Years later, when I hit black ice on a flyway and started spinning or when we walked out of the movie theater to snow falling 6 inches an hour, I was confident. Not arrogant. A lot scared. But I knew that I knew how to handle a car in the snow. I had developed muscle memory.
I had learned in the quiet what I needed to practice in crisis.
It’s the kind of knowing that is in the fabric of your being – the way deep down knowing.
At a recent women’s retreat, I spent some time talking with the ladies about a statement in Hebrews that we need to know instinctively – in the very fiber of our hearts and bones. It’s a reality we learn in the quiet times so that it is muscle memory in crisis.
He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
In the quiet times, we need to learn about His promises. Write them down. Commit them to memory. When we learn in the quiet that He is merciful and compassionate, we can recall it in the the midst of a self-hate crisis of the mind. When we learn in the quiet that He provides all we need (which looks different than American want), we can recall it in the crisis of job loss. When we learn in the quiet that He takes us in, makes us His own, calls us friend, we can recall it in the crush of loneliness.
In the quiet times, we need to speak the truth of His faithfulness. If we can recount in the quiet the instances of God’s faithfulness, we will deep down know that He will do it again when crisis threatens to overwhelm us.
It’s a blessed assurance that He promised and He is faithful. In the quiet times, we need to commit to – settle it way deep inside – this truth that He who promised is faithful. Because the truth we learn in the quiet, we practice in crisis.
I created a resource post of some of God’s promises. As I reread these verses while creating all the links, they spoke fresh and new to me today. I hope the same happens for you.
My friend Erin Mitchell at Lovely Dwelling Design created a sweet print of this key truth. It’s available for free download in several colors when you sign up for her email list. You get this free printable, and she’ll send truth and beauty to your inbox every so often – it’s a bargain.