The Art of Being Still

What a challenge. Who knew being still was so hard? We live in a culture that is all about going faster, doing more, being more, making yourself better, growing and going. It’s exhausting. But it’s hard to step out of that stream. It’s hard to be still. As exhausted as we all are of the go, go, go, it’s hard to stop. It’s scary to stop. It seems counterproductive to stop.

Yet it is in our stillness when true change can happen. True renewal. True restoration. True breakthrough. True awareness. True peace.

The speed at which American culture goes will never get it all done. Because God is not a God of busyness. He’s a God of stillness. He leads us besides still waters to restore our soul.

Two of my favorite verses:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

See the theme? Stillness. Yet I run from stillness time and time again. I allow the world to dictate the speed at which I go asking God to join me along the way. Only to lose because I get overwhelmed and stressed at that speed. Because that’s not how it works. He meets us in the quiet, still moments. It is then and only then that the Lord can truly quiet my heart, addressing the worries, lies, disrupters of peace and robbers of joy. Even after 8 years of walking with Him, I still run from that still place at times. Forgetting what He’s taught me by the still waters. It’s challenging to sit when there’s so much to “do”. But He’s always been a God that’s about what He’s doing, not what we are doing. He asks us to come to Him. To sit with Him. To stop and wait on Him. It’s an invitation to be amazed by what He does when we choose Him.

When was the last time you chose Him? Chose the better thing which is to sit at His feet and allow the peace of His presence and His word to wash you clean?

This week, I challenge you, as I have challenged myself, to find time to sit and be still so that you’re refreshed, strengthened, washed, and encouraged. Not sure how? Ask me. I can share things I’ve learned along the way and I am still learning, but know just how powerful and valuable it is.

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