Have you ever had a hard time being still? Do you ever feel guilty because you are just being still? Do you like being quiet or is it uncomfortable? I find it incredibly hard sometimes to be still in a world that moves really fast. Sometimes there are so many messages that are screaming at me. But, this year has been a year of intentionally being still despite feeling like I constantly have to be going, going, going.
Actually, Lyss really fueled the thoughts behind this post from yesterday, ‘Am I doing Enough?‘ I thought it was amazingly providential that it came the day before ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday.’ I’m also linking up with Amanda to ‘Think Out Loud’ on Thursday.
I struggle to be still, but this year more than any other year, I’ve learned that being still is one of the best and most AMAZING things about life in Christ here on this earth.
One of the things that I’ve learned in the past year is that one of the best ways to take care of my body, spirit, and soul is to be still and wait… wait on the Lord.
Being still is not something that is easy to do in a world that moves 10,000 miles per hour…
What are the thoughts that flow through my mind when all I really need to do is just be still? And wait.
1) Work Hard. Be successful. Make more money.
2) You won’t burn calories unless you move.
3) You don’t deserve food unless you’ve had a workout.
4) If you don’t have a 60K per year job, then you aren’t doing enough…
5) Thinking more about all you need to do while you are sleeping should make those things happen? (WHAT?!?)
6) You should never just go out, lay in a field, pray, think, and just be still, because that won’t ‘get anything done.’
. . .
And there is always so much to do. But is there really? And what is the tremendous value of just stopping, waiting, and being still?
But, this year has been a year of re-learning what it means to truly stop, be still, and wait on the Lord.
Working isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes I get all caught up in working and I forget why I’m doing what I’m doing. I forget, because I don’t take the time to be still.
Without the power of God, the moving of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus in my life, I’m not going to get very far.
‘Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Except theLord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He giveth His beloved sleep.’ (Psalm 127:1-2)
This was illustrated so well in what happened to Jesus’ disciples in John 6.
John 6:15-21 says, ‘When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force to make Him a king, He departed again onto a mountain alone. And as evening had now come, His disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a boat and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing nigh unto the boat; and they were afraid. But He said unto them, “It is I; be not afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land whither they were going.’
Notice one thing.
The disciples were rowing for a long time, while Jesus spent time alone on the mountain.
The disciples were doing.
Jesus Christ, Lord of the Universe, God of the Earth was spending time alone with His Father (as further illustrated in Matthew 14:22-23). But the disciples didn’t get very far…. They had only made it about 3 or 4 miles.
Then Jesus Christ came to them, walking on the water, because Jesus is the Son of God, God in the flesh. Jesus Christ could and can do anything; His power isn’t limited.
In other words, the disciples were really busy, but when Jesus got into the boat, the boat was IMMEDIATELY at the other shore. . .
Now work is not a bad thing. In fact God made us to work, even before the fall in the garden. But after the fall, the work became more painful and hard.
But I’ve realized that there is so much value in being still. . . Why? Because it reminds me Who is in control. And that’s not me.
‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted on the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah’ (Psalm 46:10-11)
God is in control of my whole life; and by His mercy He saved me from my sins. If God could do the most impossible, most incomprehensible act of sending His Son Jesus to save people who hated Him, soften the hardest of hearts, and redeem them from eternal damnation, GOD can do ANYTHING.
I can’t do anything, but my Heavenly Father can. And when Jesus Christ is in the boat, amazing things happen. Jesus’ power isn’t limited.
I don’t need to spend days and days spinning my wheels. And when Jesus Christ is in the boat with me, with His disciples, AMAZING supernatural things happen. I need Jesus.
The reason I spin my wheels too often is because I don’t wait on the Lord. I’m too impatient to wait on the marvelous things He is going to do.
1) God separated the waters of the Red Sea without any help from men.
2) God separated the waters of the Jordan so that the Israelites could walk through.
3) God saves souls and opens EYES.
God does things that men and women could never do.
Instead of spinning my wheels and making a massive to-do list, I have some encouragements for you that I want to practice and put into practice day by day in the Christian walk:
Why must we wait on the Lord?
1) Jesus’ Power is far greater than ours. Jesus Christ in many ways superseded human and normal processes. He walked on water. He healed people instantly. He saved SOULS from hell and gave them the PEACE of Christ that passes all understanding, a peace that was not of this world.
‘And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people’ (Matthew 9:35)
2) Meditate on the power of Jesus. Read the stories of what Jesus has done in Scripture. Talk to those who testify of the power of Jesus Christ in their lives.
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.’ (Colossians 1:15-17)
In closing, I want to meditate on a few encouragements, that I hope you could benefit from:
1) Seek the presence, the blessing of Jesus Christ in what I do.
2) Everything goes better with Jesus in the boat. (I wouldn’t be what I am without Jesus)
3) Meditate on Jesus Christ’s promises to be with us, even past His resurrection into heaven.
… teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.’ (Matthew 28:20)
Instead of being busy, I want to be …
Seeking the presence of Jesus.
‘And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God; for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart.’ (Jeremiah 24:7)
Recognizing the presence of Jesus.
This takes faith, child like faith… And I readily admit that I’m so prone to be intellectual, to want to understand, but even if I don’t understand, I want to be strong in the LORD and the power of His might.
Instead of abiding on what I can do, which is SO very little, I want to meditate on what Jesus Christ can do in me and through me and in spite of me! I have seen Him do such wondrous things in my life and so many other lives, and I know that
Being still will be one of the best ways to see the wondrous things that God has done, God will do, and will continue to do for all eternity!
Philippians 4:6-7, ‘Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
In light of that, in little ways this week, I want to slow down and eat each little bite of food, meditate on the Scripture that the Lord has given me to show His glory, and… truly be still in heart, mind, and spirit.
This doesn’t mean I’m not going to do anything, but it’s a mindset. It’s a mindset of peace, the peace that Christ gives, which is truly miraculous!
Some of those little moments of being still and enjoying God’s tremendous grace and mercy included:
Baking Ashley’s Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake and eating it….
Ok, I like to bake, but most of all it’s just so so awesome to be still and know that God is God, and God does wondrous and amazing works all around me, in me, in others, and in this world, and by His mercy, my life is in His hands.
And…. if you haven’t entered the Ona Treats giveaway from Friday, there is still time… These little bars are seriously so good, and I almost couldn’t believe they are:
Where are my allergy friends who want some delicious bars or people like me who just like trying new foods?
Ok let’s delve into the questions:
1) Do you struggle to be still? Do you feel constant pressure to ‘do, do, do?’
2) Do you have a story that you would want to share a verse about how God has worked in amazing ways when you maybe didn’t do anything or weren’t even expecting it?
3) How do you practice being still? What are some of your favorite ways to be quiet, and just breathe?
4) Also, is there any topic or post that you would love to see on this series?
Check out the other ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday’ posts here:
Let’s Talk About a Healthy Relationship With The Gym
Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Self
Ambivalence vs. Acceptance in Recovery
How to Fight Relapse
Lyss’s Struggle with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
Do What You Want in the Gym, Not What You ‘Have to Do’
(Remember, I’m not a doctor or nutritionist or personal trainer, so take these posts as personal experience not professional advice!)