We’ve been given a pause…what are you discovering during this break from the norm?
God has taken what the enemy has meant for harm and given us all a unique gift…an unprecedented one for every one living in this time. We have become used to the busy, comfortable in the rush here and rush there. If we’re being honest, some of us even depend on the over filling of our schedules. Why? Why have we allowed our schedules to rule our lives, fill every minute of every day, and steal precious valuable time away from our Creator? Why are we content in doing so, yet wonder why anxiety fills us? Why are we so uncomfortable with slowing down, being still, and having time to breathe?
Is it because we are trying to keep up with the pace the world has set? Are we running from a past that haunts us and the hurts we have hidden deep down within us that still remain unhealed? Are our thoughts racing and if we stop long enough, we quickly become consumed by anxiety or depression or the weight of burdens we continue to carry on our own? Are we uncomfortable with the stillness required to face things within us that need cleansing and uprooted because the process can be painful and we’re afraid what might be revealed?
Maybe all or none of the above is how you feel and maybe you have never given any thought to the fast pace life many live, but maybe one or more of those things struck something in you and you’re shaking your head yes, I’ve felt that way, I’m running from quiet and being still. Please keep reading.
I have struggled much with keeping up with and juggling an overbooked schedule, filled to the max and I always hear Jesus calling me to slow down, drop what I’m doing, spend more time with Him. I used to fight it because there was much hidden beneath the surface of a woman trying to hide behind all the activities that filled the time. I didn’t want to confront the loneliness I felt or the darkness I allowed into my life or the thoughts of past regrets and hurt. I didn’t want to confront myself or have Jesus reveal to me what areas of my life were holding me back or growing my heart cold and hardened.
But God kept pursuing and eventually, I gave in and little by little I gave my time to Him and each and every time I did, He showed up in astounding ways. He gently helped to refine and cleanse areas of my life I let grow ugly roots and He healed wounds that were gaping wide and still fresh with emotions I could never sort through on my own. He delivered me from a past riddled with shame, guilt and pain. He set me free and taught me how to live loved(nod to Lysa Teurkurst).
We cannot ignore Gods call to make time for Him. He is doing a work in us that requires time spent with Him. He has a heart He desires to reveal to us. He will calm our anxious thoughts, cast out all fear, doubt, depression. We do not need to be uncomfortable with being still because it is often only then that we truly hear the heart of our Father and can fully come into His presence, lay our burdens down at His feet, and be completely blown away by the things He wants to lavish over us.
We have been given a precious opportunity to know our Father better. He has given us a pause…a reset…He has given us all that time we kept saying we didn’t have enough of and could see ticking away faster than we truly wanted it to. God has given us a gift, let us not waste this pause. Let us take every moment during this time to seek Him more, spend time with our loved ones in our household not just shuttle them here and there and everywhere. Let’s have meals together every night, laugh, play games, sing songs, read scripture, pray and enjoy each other. Let’s really do life together and let’s seek more of the Lord together.
He has not taken away from us during this time but He is giving more than we could ever imagine and we just need to focus on Him and see this time for what it is…a time to shift our priorities…shift from the norm of worldly culture into the kingdom culture needed to expand His kingdom and do what He’s created us to do. This is a time to reset, refocus, and rededicate our lives to the Lord… a time to pause and seek hard after the Lord. Let’s not waste it and let’s never go back to being comfortable with busy and forsaking time with our Heavenly Father. Let’s embrace the stillness and quiet and go deeper with the Lord. In His presence, we are safe and we need not worry about what is to come from a time of being still. He has so much good to reveal to us and this gift of time with Him is so so much more than the time filled with busy and chaos. Trust Him, be still, and know that He is God and He is good.
O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers,until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom