I had an interesting conversation the other day.
It went something like this:
Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still.
Me: Um, what?
Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know.
Me: Um, I am still, Lord. I’m sitting on the couch, watching TV and surfing the web.
Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know that I am God.
Me: Seriously, Lord. I’m not moving a muscle (besides my fingers). It’s been a crazy-long day and I need some down time. So, yeah. I’m taking a break. Totally still.
Holy Spirit’s prompting: Your mind is not still. You are attempting to focus on countless things in the midst of much noise.
Holy Spirit’s prompting: Just…be still.
Thankfully, I surrendered. I left the noise behind and escaped to the front porch for a beautiful time of soul-rest.
But so often I don’t heed the beloved call of my Lord; I stay immersed in chaos and busyness. The results?
Fatigue. Anxiousness. A restless spirit.
All because I overlook something quite incredible: an invitation to commune with the Creator of the Universe.
Those gentle, quiet promptings? They don’t come from me. My “spiritual goodness” doesn’t send signals to Heaven requesting a one-on-one with the King of Kings.
I love, love, love this verse:
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
This verse sends a thrill through my heart. God is working and invites me to join Him. I should be running to meet Him, to enter His presence with a childlike eagerness to know what’s going on.
Hi, Lord! What do You have planned? I know it’s going to be amazing…
Can you say, “Coolest thing ever?” (And yes, I still use variations of the word, “cool”).
So often we fervently pray, asking God to guide and direct our lives—to help with decisions great and small.
But we can’t hear His voice because we’re too busy listening to everything else.
In the coming months, as spring tumbles into summer and the days grow long and warm, let’s challenge each other to turn off the noise,
Step away from the chaos,
Listen for that dear, most tender Voice,
And to simply, be still.
He says, “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).
Have a blessed week!
Leigh Ann 🙂