Work. Kids. Husband. Boyfriend. Family. Ministry. School. Volunteering. Friends. Household maintenance.
Go back and re-read those words, and pay attention to the things that came to mind or how your body reacts to the thoughts that come to mind.
If you are anything like me, you have all of these things on your plate and more. You may even find yourself struggling to fulfill all of these things in a days or months’ time. Do you find yourself frustrated saying, “There is just not enough time in the day!”? I know I do. Being an entrepreneur with a staff of one (me), full time seminary student, serving in ministry at my church, managing a blog site and small group, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, supporting other friend’s endeavors, trying to keep a clean home, and have some fun social time, can take a toll on me mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Because of all these responsibilities, it is important for me to get still sometimes. Be still. In the past, I had no idea what that was like. In all honesty, I didn’t want to know what being still was like. I ran from stillness. I avoided stillness. I was disgusted with the thought of stillness. I wanted to fill every moment, every minute of my day so that stillness couldn’t creep in and arrest me. You see, stillness for me was having to face my own thoughts. Now, I look at stillness differently. Stillness makes you confront things that you have been avoiding. You cannot be cured from the things you won’t confront.
Not only that, stillness has a way of allowing you to release, gain perspective, and be present in the moment. Often, we spend a great deal worrying about what happened yesterday or what will happen in the future. For many of us, we are too busy planning ahead that we can’t appreciate all the wonderful things that is happening in our now. Stillness forces you to be present.
The thing that I love the most about stillness now, is that it allows you to hear God clearly. When we are not still, we miss out what God is trying to reveal to us. It is hard to hear God clearly when there is a lot noise happening around you. We have to intentionally schedule time to get still before God. Turn off all distractions, take the thoughts that creep into our head and lock them in a box in our mind, invite God to come into the space of stillness you created and speak to you. Breathe deeply and relax your body . . . focus on the moment. Talk to God about your concerns. Let Him reveal himself to you and reveal things about you. Listen to the things He tells you to do. Get still before the Lord.
Stillness is something that can come voluntarily or involuntarily. If we do not intentionally take time to sit still, our bodies will shut down on us to force us to sit still. So, in the midst of our crazy schedules, and all the things we manage, I encourage you to take 15mins a day to sit still before God. Let Him help you prioritize your day. Allow Him to bring peace to your mind and heart. Rest in Him, and know that He is God.
Lord . . . Thank you so much for giving us opportunity to come before you and rest in you. Help us to make time to be still before you each and every day. Forgive us for the times that we have avoided stillness, and put things and people above you. You are a God who is concerned and very much involved in all that you create. Your word tells us to cast our cares upon you because you care for us. Help us to remember that as we find ourselves being busy just to mask our cares and concerns. Remove anything in our hearts that will be a distraction from us making time to sit still before you. And when we do find stillness, we ask that you enter in and fill us with your presence. Show us who you are, reveal to us what you will have for us to do, ease our worries of yesterday and tomorrow, and help us to relax and enjoy the present. We ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
Remember this: Though you are imperfect, you are loved by a perfect God.