Hi, I'm Amy, and I'm an Israelite. I say to God, "I will obey and do everything you have said." But somewhere along the way, I seem to have forgotten that He said, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14) and "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) and "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him" (Psalm 37:7) and "Those who WAIT upon the Lord will renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). I looked and I can't seem to find a passage that says run ahead and do it your way and God will bless it. There is no "God helps those who help themselves" verse in the Bible. Just like the Israelites, I can't have it both ways. In my humanness I sometimes rationalize that there is no way that God just expects me to sit around and do nothing. And often that is true. But what I am discovering is that there are many times when God says "Be still and wait" and that is EXACTLY what he means. That's hard for me, but I'm learning............slowly, but surely learning. Thankfully God is an abundantly patient teacher!