“Be still and know…” (Psalm 46:10)
I’m not sure when I became that person who is perpetually busy, frantic, and generally disheveled, but…here I am! At some point, I convinced myself that “free time” was taboo and I started cramming as many obligations, commitments, and activities into my days as possible. Basically, I mastered the art of over extending myself and (as you can likely guess) had so little to show for it.
But recently, as my job has become incredibly stressful, the business school application process started to take its toll, and my hair/skin/body began to suffer, there was nothing that I wanted more than a few moments of stillness. For what it was worth, being busy had made me feel pretty important–needed, even–but I learned the hard way that I would never reach my full potential if I didn’t make time to be still.
Uncertainty is uncomfortable and being in control feels great…but God’s got me covered, right?!
Psalm 46 is an incredibly chapter of the Bible that demonstrated the true and expansive power of God. When faced with earthquakes and crumbling mountain ranges, wars and the despair of men, God proves to be in control. So, while physical stillness is related to slowing down and taking breaks, it is overwhelmingly about having faith that God will take care of us as He has promised.
This month I’ve been praying for stillness as a means of surrender. I’ve spent so much time trying to manifest my own destiny and fix my own problems, that I’ve likely missed opportunities to fully reap the benefits of what God is doing in my life. Uncertainty is uncomfortable and being in control feels great…but God’s got me covered, right?! It’s about time I stepped away from stress and worry and let Him work!
Lord God, help me to surrender my heart, mind, and plans to You. Help me to recognize when I am overburdening myself in an effort to achieve unrealistic levels of productivity and success. Lord, teach me to be still and to wait for You, as opposed to relying on my own power and ability to get only half as far. Replace my restlessness with a calm spirit and a level head. Support me as I seek peace and tranquility on long and busy days and to seek you in my moments of anxiety. God, guide me as I work to build clear and more consistent communication with you during my quiet time. I ask this prayer in Jesus’ name.