I shared before how I think we live in a crazy, rushing world, and how slowing down is the only way I think any of us can find some meaning to life and save our hearts from dying. It is almost like being in a cue, there is always pushing for fear of missing out. Like the time is running out and so we have to pack more into it, do more, be more.
We even steal time by multi-tasking. Borrowing time for what I am doing now, to do something else as well. All this pushing is what I think is behind the new trend of Hugge, which is all about creating some place to be quiet and restful. Pushing is the reason we love to have spa days, get away days etc
Our world is going crazy and it craves silence.
Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
Rest and quiet contribute to our strength and salvation. It saves us from ourselves.
We find it hard to be quiet, to be still. Even when we sit in silence, our heads scream with a to do list, or anxieties, problems. This head noise is precisely why we probably stop being quiet and still and return to our busyness, our pushing, our rushing.
But God wants us to be quiet, to be still.
Psalm 46:10 “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
When we are still, we will know that God – is God.
In stillness, God shows us that He is the Lord of time and He says: there is time to be still. We would accomplish so much more in life that is worthwhile, if we were less about doing and more about being quiet.
When we are quiet and still, we reconnect with God, we get perspective on our life, our circumstances and our relationships. We get to know His will, receive instructions and enjoy Him as God our Father, our Lord, the lover of our souls.
Not everything we do has to be “useful” as the world defines it. Being still, may not feel like “useful” time, but it certainly is time that is worthwhile.
The end of pushing, makes room for quiet.
Previously, we made a poster for the house saying: SLOW DOWN. Then added to it, STOP PUSHING. Now we add BE STILL.
Lord, help me to stop pushing. My time is not running out, You have allocated time to me for the plans You have for my life. That time, includes time to be still and connect with You. Help me to seek that stillness, to seek out Your company in silence. Help me to build times of stillness into my life so that I am not always pushing.