Be still and know that I am God.
A friend recently asked me to be part of a musical project he’s been working on for some time. My response, of course, was yes! Absolutely. How can I help? As we began planning, I added in dates to my calendar and noticed that I had a lot going on around the same time but thought, Hey, this is no big deal. It’ll be fine. Fast forward to the beginning of October and I found myself completely overwhelmed with deadlines, projects, jobs and hobbies not to mention I needed to balance that with spending time with my family, all because I wanted to say yes to everything. See, I am a yes person. If a friend asks me for something, I immediately want to say yes. If there is an opportunity to get involved in a local project, I’m in! If I can encourage or help someone in any way, I’m there
Generosity is a spiritual gift — being generous with time and effort as well as money. I am blessed to have been given that gift as I know many of you have. As with anything, though, I have to know my limits and when to say no. Discernment is also a spiritual gift, and it doesn’t always just mean knowing good from evil. It also means listening to the guidance of the Spirit to know when to move and when to stay still.
We live in a chaotic world, friends. There is political, civil and personal chaos all around us at any given moment. We have so much vying for our attention at all times, and we have become accustomed to running at break-neck speed, constantly checking notifications and calendar reminders. Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
There’s that word… Rest. How do we find time for quiet in the midst of the noise of everyday life? Even as I write this post, I’m sitting in the living room keeping one eye on the computer and the other on my daughter. My excuses for not being still in the presence of God are different now that I’m a parent, but the circumstances haven’t changed. We are all busy, but in the midst of all that, we have to remember our purpose, our God. He’s the reason we have life, and deserves our attention more than anything or anyone else.
Here are a few practical ways we can start each day in the arms of the Father and find that quiet time our souls so desire.
1. Get up early.
I am not a morning person, but my day is never as wonderful as when I wake up well before my daughter does and spend time listening to the Spirit.
2. Surround yourself with creation.
Whether you take a prayer hike or just sit on the patio, being in the midst of the beauty of God will bring his presence close every time.
Spotify is always going, either on my laptop at work or at home. God has this way of taking me by complete surprise through the words of a song regardless of what I’m doing at the time.
In case you haven’t found that quiet moment yet today, listen to this tune and just let your soul breathe.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.