“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
“Just one moment.” “The computer is running slow right now.” “I’m sorry your order is taking so long.” “The cook is backed up in the kitchen.” Why is it when we are in a hurry it seems that is when things run slow or we get comments such as these from the person who is trying to help us. All the while we become anxious, look at our watches and cringe because this one little snag is going to affect how our the rest of our day/evening will go.
You experience a life altering event(s) in your life. Things happen that are beyond your control but you have to deal with it as well continue working through the responsibilities/commitments that are already set. It seems everything happens all at once. You get out of one crisis yet to face another immediately after.
Since the beginning of this year. I have lived through and living through both of these scenarios. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was not the most fun person to be around. I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t do all that was before me. My head began spinning to the point I could not even process all that was coming at me. In the midst of all of it, I knew in my heart God was there but I still felt distant from him.
Not only was I feeling this frustration but Jim as well as feeling a bit frustrated. So many events have happened in both of our lives that he even struggled with how to prioritize. He was working long days at work and then coming home to address issues that life was dealing out to us.Thus, causing him to have long nights and little sleep. Jim was trying to be more than one person to more than one person. He got to the point of exhaustion that his co-workers were even becoming concern for his well-being.
Then, the latter part of May, Jim and I packed the car and headed out on a much-needed vacation. Our plans for our trip were we had no plans. Our destination was the beach and nothing else mattered. We just wanted to be quiet and get away from all that life had been dealing out to us. It was our time and our time to connect back with each other and God.
During this week of vacation, Jim and I simply did nothing. In our own ways, we became still and tuned our ears and hearts back to God. This was a time where we sought renewal and rest.
Life happens. Maybe right now you are on a treadmill that just won’t stop. It feels as though everything and everyone is coming at you at once with some sort of need. Yet, you feel like you can’t stop and you have to keep going.
The world we live in today seems to put the persona on us that we have to be superhuman. We are to be able to meet all sorts of deadlines, do more work with fewer people, in smaller blocks of time, and sometimes for smaller amounts of money. We are to be more than one person to more than one person. It seems that we have to give ourselves permission to be still.
Since our trip to the beach, Jim and I both have become more mindful of the importance of simply being still. We have come to realize that we don’t need permission to be still. It is in the stillness where we re-connect with our Father and allow him to give us the strength to take on anything life or anyone gives us.
Over the last couple of weeks during my quiet time, the song by the Eagles; Learn to be Still keeps coming to mind. This morning, I sat down and not only listened to the lyrics but looked up the lyrics and read them to myself. One lyric that stuck out to me was this:
“Now, the flowers in your garden
They don’s smell so sweet
Maybe you forgotten
The heaven lying at your feet-“
We are all familiar with the phrase; “stop and smell the roses.” Unfortunately, over the last few months, life was happening so much I was not stopping to smell the roses. In other words, I was not sitting still in the presence of God and counting my blessings.
It is so easy for us to get caught up in all that is happening to us that we pray to God. We know God is there but we are not connected with him because we simply will not allow ourselves to be still. Thus, we miss the simplest of blessings that he has planned for us. It is being in the stillness we not only experience God but we experience a little bit of heaven.
In the last few weeks of intentionally being still and connecting with God, the things that life continues to throw at Jim and me don’t seem to be as overwhelming. Instead, we do what we can, count our blessings and seek and experience God’s presence and his heaven here on earth.
So, the next time you are in one of the above scenarios of waiting try not to become anxious of how it is going to affect the rest of your day/evening. Instead, take it as a message from above that maybe you just need to be still for a few minutes. Take that time to send up a breath prayer to God, observe what is going on around you, and be in tuned to God’s voice. It is in those moments of stillness you are going to experience “the heaven lying at your feet.”
How about it? Are you ready to Learn to be Still?
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