Even as I begin to write this blog, I am distracted by thoughts that pull me in so many different directions. The week ahead which encompasses laundry, dinners to be planned and prepared, Bunco to host, which means a much cleaner house and dog hairs (times three) swept. It is so difficult to slow down, to get off the wheel of life’s demands. Yet God continually whispers, “Be still, come and spend time with me.”
REVELING IN BUSYNESS
Even when He affords a blessed opportunity to get away, quiet my mind, delve into His Word, and refresh my soul, I stress and worry about all the things that won’t get done. I think about all that I’ll have to relinquish in order to accomplish this. Why do I do this to myself? It seems absolutely absurd that I can’t relax at times. I almost revel in my own crazy busyness. And all the while in my heart I know that I need to let go and just be still.
In our marriage, being still is one area where Chris and I are vastly different. My husband knows how to relax. Early on, I used to resent him for that ability. I would flit and flurry around while he reclined, all the while getting more frustrated that he seemed absolutely oblivious to my frenzied state. Don’t get me wrong, Chris works very hard and has always had an admirable work ethic. But my man also knows how to chill. He makes time to be quiet, to sit and recharge his batteries. He would even ask me, “You just can’t be still, can you?” He knew exactly when I was itching to pop up off that couch and start the race again. And he was dead on, which made me even angrier, but probably more at myself than him now. Well, maybe still a bit at him too.
MISSING HIS PRESENCE
The problem with hurrying around, staying in perpetual motion is that we totally miss His presence. We can’t hear His voice. We can’t feel His peace when we need it most. I’ve always said that this is one of Satan’s most effective tools today – busyness. Keep us so busy that we’re burned out, frustrated, tired, and resentful.
Let me remind you of how the Lord appeared to Elijah…
“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” – 1st Kings 19:11-13
A GENTLE WHISPER
He comes in the whisper, not just any whisper, but a gentle one. So we need to slow down, to shut out the demands of the world and just be.
I can’t begin to tell you how often I have come back to this lesson that God is trying to teach me. I’m a foolish and forgetful woman who continually puts other demands, even frivolous things before my time with Him. And my soul remains parched, my spirit is tired and I am in desperate need of His life-giving presence to refresh me.
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
So, once again I ask forgiveness and I humbly surrender to my Father who knows exactly what I need… to come away with Him and shut out the rest of the world for just a little while. God is still the God who can communicate to His people in powerful and mighty ways. However, He also speaks in the gentlest of whispers. Listen for His voice in the quiet corners of your heart. Be still and listen, for He is the only source who can soothe your weary soul.