In our society, we are always on the go. Our to-do lists are constantly running through our heads and chances are even as we skim over this we are thinking of all the other things we still have to do today.
Oh my, sweet friends, it’s time for us to stop the running, the chasing, and the endless pursuit of what the world tells us that we should want–
– more _______ (fill in the blank)
…and stop long enough to simply be still.
Just for a moment.
Come on, try it.
Just be still, take a deep breathe in then exhale slowly.
Don’t text, tweet, instagram or update your status (ha, caught you!) — there’ll be time for that later.
Right now though, let’s try to simply be still and see what God does.
Listen, I’m not great at this either, I’m about as “Dory” as they come, but it is something I’ve been challenged on lately and wanted to share some of what I’m learning through it with you.
Here’s what you can do to get started on learning to be still.
- Ask Him to join you in your be still and silent moment.
- Release all the distractions clamoring for your attention.
- Take a few deep breaths in and really start to slow yourself down a bit.
- Wait for Him to come sit beside you.
I’ve found that it’s best to do before your days gets away from you, but here’s a little heads up as you get started.
I can guarantee you that it will not be easy at first.
Everything around you will fight for your attention.
Everything in you will wiggle as your mind starts to fill up with the to-do list of the day.
Push through it, it’s so worth it when you do.
In the beginning it could start out as just five minutes. There’s no pressure and no time limit. There’s just a desire to start.
Persevere sweet sister — He wants to sit with you today. He wants to hear your heart and what’s on your mind, but more than anything He just wants to be with you. To see you rest. To see you seek Him. To see you grow to be more like Him.
Once you do, I pray that you cherish that time, that you will pursue Him and those moments of stillness and silence. Let’s face it, most of our days are spent with noise and busyness…how much greater will they be with those pockets of peace built in them?
I can’t wait to see what happens in our life when we start to make time to be still.
What about you…
- Can you think of a time today when you can practice being still?
- What challenges do you think you’ll experience as you seek out some time to be still?
- What can you do to be preventative with those challenges?