After talking with women over this last year, I have found a thread running through their lives, HURRY and LONELINESS. Those words don’t seem to really go together do they? Oh, but they do go hand-in-hand.
We are so busy running around hurrying here and there and everywhere that we don’t have time to spend with others except for the surface kind of friendships. Even our relationship with God is compromised and He just becomes an “add-on” to our week and then because we neglect our time with Him, loneliness sets in.
Take a deep breath, stop being so hurried….live in the moment….connect with God….and simply just be. Easier said than done, right?
Be still moments from God’s Word:
Psalm 37:7 – Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 23:1-3 (MSG) – God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Psalm 62:1 – I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
Psalm 131:2 – Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Lamentations 3:25 – The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
When my girls were young, God showed me after a year of “busyness” for Him, that my relationship with Him was not where it needed to be. What did that mean for me personally? It meant there were some things that needed to be removed from my schedule.
Do you find yourself crushed and completely overwhelmed and maybe feeling you are not going to live through it? Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 to rely on God and not ourselves and that God will deliver us. The word “deliver” in the Greek means to draw us to oneself. This is what God wants to do for us, draw us to Himself. He wants us to sit with Him, listen to Him and enjoy Him. Never feel guilty for the time you spend with Him.
So many of us are working, running our children to their multiple activities, heading up church events, going to that “once a month” bunko night with the neighbors, being a room mom and who know what else. Please don’t get me wrong, these are all great things and they all have there places but so many of us are trying to “do it all, be it all and live it all” that we fall short more times than we can count.
God did not intend for us to live lives of such “busyness” and not tend to our relationship with Him and others. When we create a quiet space for God he will meet with us and reveal His will to us. When we leave a margin in our lives God will fill it with what He wants us to do.
Saying no to hurry allows us to say yes when it comes to giving our attention and love to our families and yes to the joy that comes from focusing on what really matters.
I confess that I am just as convicted as some of you may be figuring out this “balance thing.” If you already have this area of your life in check, then pray for us who are still working on “being still.”
Journeying with Him,