When seeking rest and solace, do you ever look everywhere else but God? Even this week, where my heart is longing for rest, nourishment, and solitude, I find myself running around in different directions to avoid the stillness. It’s as if I’m afraid to actually be alone.
The funny thing is, when I finally shut down the computer, turn my cell phone off, and flee the distractions that haunt me; quiet and peace embrace me. This stillness is where my heart can rest and I can meet God.
Yesterday, after wasting time for an hour, I finally forced myself into that quiet place. While difficult at first, through journaling and prayer, I rested with God. What started out as a bit awkward, quickly flew by. Sixty minutes later, I stood up refreshed and rejuvenated, and leaving with a new perspective. Why did I avoid that?
Of all the places my mind tries to tell me to flee—shopping, reality TV, celebrity gossip, facebook—my heart knows that the only escape that truly brings life is resting in the presence of God. Yet somehow, that is often the last place I run.
Maybe it’s just me, but if some inkling of you can relate, I challenge us to take thirty minutes this weekend and go somewhere out of the ordinary to meet with God. No agenda, no pressure, just quiet our surroundings and be. Be still and listen. Be patient and wait. Be expectant and know that He’s there.
my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken…
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.”
Psalm 62:5-6, 8
for I have redeemed you.”