Choices, Daily Life, God's Presence, Listening to God

Stillness – A Restorative Habit

I find it so hard to sit or stand still for any length of time because I’m just too fidgety. Even at night, if I manage to get my body to lie still, my mind is constantly replaying conversations or playing the ‘what-if’ game. It’s exhausting. I have two verses that relieve the night-time mind-agitation – ‘Be still, and know that I am God’, and ‘In peace will I both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.’

We live in a chaotic world and we are continually surrounded by noise. The problem is, it can be hard to hear the voice of God above the ongoing commotion. He wants to lead us and direct us, but if we are constantly moving, we can miss what he is saying, as his words drift in and out of earshot. Being busy for God is all well and good but we have to remember to take time out and listen to his guidance.

In the story in Luke 10, Martha was keeping one eye on Mary, while at the same time keeping one ear on the conversation, as she prepared the meal for Jesus and the other guests. Mary didn’t want her focus to be split, so she chose to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to his teaching. Mary chose to be still.

In the stillness we can pray, we can meditate, and most importantly, we can listen as God speaks. ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him’ Psalm 37:7

When things feel out of control, or when the chaos and noise is too much –

‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’ Exodus 14:13,14

Maybe now is a good time to bring your awareness to God’s presence. Allow Him to lead you beside the still waters and sit with him as he quietens your mind and restores your soul.

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