Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee ...

Joining today again with the #Five Minute Friday group of writers, where we write on a one word prompt for 5 minutes. Today’s prompt is Stay.

We have seen and said that word a lot recently – STAY home, STAY safe, STAY a safe distance.

But what does that word mean? The definition in Collins Dictionary is: 1)to stop going forward : pause. 2) to stop doing something : cease. 3) to continue in a place or condition 

So how can we apply that to us today? Here are a few suggestions:

STOP where you are. Don’t go forward, don’t go back, just stop.

Then ..

PAUSE and pray. Take a pause, take a breath, take stock, take time to look at a situation, time to pray, time to reflect

Then ..

CEASE going along your own way, under the illusion that you are in control, cease your own self-seeking, cease your worry and anxieties.

And ..

STAY in the Lord, stay with Him, stay in His Word, Stay in His paths. Stay in His ways.

When all is in turmoil, when darkness seems to cover the land, then go to that quiet place in the Lord and stay there, keep your mind fixed on Him, your eyes looking to Him and your heart aligned with His. STAY.

You keep him in perfect peace

    whose mind is stayed on you,

    because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)