Do you ever feel like I look in this photo? Well. Let’s talk about that; when I was recovering from an ED, I NEVER wanted to be still or very quiet. I couldn’t stop to think, pray, or just be quiet and meditate on God’s goodness and love for me, a sinner, saved by His grace, saved by the blood of Jesus. I had to always be moving, moving, moving, burning calories, burning calories.
It was agony. It was hard, but I couldn’t stop myself. I wanted to rack up that activity, burn more calories in order to eat.
Yet the Lord gently reminds His children to ‘be still and know that He is God.’
I don’t believe that we can just be still and think of nothing, because the Devil and our own heads use that opportunity to think on all the wrong things.
Yet, I need to be still. I need to stop, because even though my brain says, ‘Hustle. Hustle. Hustle,’ that often lends to me becoming a ‘robot’ who forgets the WHY of what she’s doing and Who she’s doing it for.
I think the Lord Jesus knew that this was hard especially when He reminded Martha that she needed to be sitting at Jesus’ feet too; it was okay if she didn’t make the best meal, make the most money, or be the best hostess in the county.
Why is it so hard to be still?
#1) Because the Devil wants us to think that we have to ‘be good enough for God.’ He wants us to merit the love of God, which we can’t. He wants us to keep ‘spinning our wheels’ so we won’t see the reality, the beauty, the glory, the power of the blood of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus over our sin and the grave and the devil.
#2) People tell you to hustle, and they don’t mean that you shouldn’t rest. Yet, (if you’re me), you take that, misinterpret it, and run around like a chicken with your head cut off till you’re so utterly exhausted that you can’t think anymore. You take the word ‘hustle’ to the very extreme, and then you can’t truly be productive or hustle anymore.
#3) When someone else tells me they’re busy (for some odd reason) I jump into the comparison trap and I think I need to be that ‘same kind of busy’ as them. Now, this is not to say that you must all have the same life as me and slow down at the exact same times as me because we are all different. But don’t compare your ‘busy’ to someone else’s life.
#4) I’m not balanced. Our lives need balance. We need rest and work, exercise and sleep, good yummy chocolate and delicious apples with peanut butter.
Why Should I be still?
I wanted to share 5 reasons from Scripture. 🙂 Scripture has been the only encouragement that has really truly reminded me why I need to be still and why being still is such a gift.
#1) Knowing that God is God and that God is in control (not me.)
‘“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)
#2) It reminds me that the Lord is fighting for me, and I’m not fighting alone.
‘The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14)
#3) Being quiet often opens my eyes to how God is conquering evil (the devil, my sin, and evil schemes in the world)
‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!’ (Psalm 37:7)
#4) Being quiet is such a good opportunity to re-center my soul and my eyes on Him who controls the winds and the waters.
‘And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.’ (Mark 4:39)
#5) It can cause me to take a good long hard introspective look at myself, to stop trying to ‘fix other people’ and ask the Lord to work on the sin in me, the selfishness, the pride, the failure to glorify my Heavenly Father and lift His name high!
‘“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.’ (Job 6:24)
Being still is hard, but it’s wonderful at the same time. Quieting my heart before the Lord is not something that comes easily to me. It’s a gift of His grace. It’s not something I do to ‘get myself’ into heaven; it’s something that reminds me that God saves me, that He rescued me, that He is working on me, that He has been working on my story, working on the world, redeeming people to Himself all throughout history, and that His glorious kingdom and purpose are never frustrated.
Some of my favorite ways to just be still? 🙂
Eating with my family.
Walks with the Dogs.
Laying on the Couch.
Even while I’m working. (because you don’t have to sit to have a stillness, a peace of heart. Truly if Jesus Christ is our peace; nothing can take that peace from us.)
Do you struggle to be quiet?
Do you think you can be quiet even while working?
How is the Lord teaching you to be still and trust Him?