Life can be busy and demanding. Sometimes we are so busy rushing from one event to the next that we get to the end of a day feeling frazzled. That is why most of us feel the need for a vacation – we want to get off the carousel of chaos and rest for a while.
I love to go walking on the Plains. There is something very tranquil and peaceful about this space. You can hear the birds sing and listen to the wind blow in the trees. No cars screeching, no hustle and bustle of city life just the beauty of God’s creation. I do love it when I can stop and listen to the sounds of creation and watch the gentle breeze blowing through the trees and making the grass shiver. It is in those moments that I feel close to God. The Bible says in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” There is something wonderful about stillness and quietness that clears our minds.
1. Being still helps you to gain a fresh perspective of God: Sitting still can give you a deep sense of who God is. Somehow in the quietness, I am able to grasp the depth and breadth of God’s love for me in a way that I cannot when I am rushing about.
2. Being still gives you a fresh perspective on your situation: Sometimes when I sit quietly, or go for a long walk my problems do not seem as insurmountable as they did in the frantic busyness of life. There are times we need to take time out of our busy schedule to gain a clearer understanding of our problems. Being still, clearing your mind and waiting on God can make life take on a whole new meaning.
3. Being still gives you a fresh perspective on yourself: When I am still and quiet I also see myself in a whole new light. There are times I am convinced I cannot handle a situation, or accomplish a particular task. But as I have sat quietly and drawn strength from God I feel invigorated and confident to achieve things I felt I never could. It is not a confidence in my own ability, but a simple and sure knowledge that God is with me and He will help me.
And so my friend, as you face this day I urge you to take a few moments to be quiet. Find time to sit somewhere still, or go for a walk where you cannot be distracted and allow your soul to be still. As you reflect on God and His greatness you will find courage to face this day with its many challenges.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,