I am crazy busy right now. Midterms are in two weeks, but because of papers and other projects and youth group stuff and friends, I haven’t even really begun to start studying. That will change this evening.
I’m not complaining about my life. I’m enjoying every second of it – maybe more than I have in years. I love my classes. I love my friends and where our relationships are right now. I love my beautiful teen women and can see God doing so much in them.
But I am busy. Granted, I am always busy, generally, but this is more than normal. I’m having to schedule things that I normally don’t schedule. I don’t see my friends as much as I’d like to. And any ability to just drop things and go do something because I have time to do what I was going to do now, later – is just gone.
And, to be honest, I hate that part. I feel like I’m running in circles. I’m actually pretty worried about falling behind and never being able to get back on top of everything. It’s not good.
It’s in moments like this – moments of chaos and uncertainty – it is these moments that surround the verse in Psalms 46 – when God commands us to “be still”. Now, sometime in the future I fully intend on doing a study on that word and verse, but for now, simply knowing “be still” is enough.
Granted, I can’t really “be still” right now. Not physically. But my spirit can be. My spirit can abide in Christ, and trust that He’s got my back, that’s He’s protecting me and working in me through all the crazy stuff that is my life right now. The problem is, I’m not any good at that. So, I get to work on it. Which is okay; He has definitely given me the perfect setting to do just that!
Especially when He helps you. For me, there is nothing like a calm, peaceful Autumn afternoon, hanging out by running water, taking pictures of the beauty around me. There is very little like a good conversation with a close friend, to remind me to abide. To slow me down. To give my soul room to sigh, smile, and bask in His goodness.
Which is exactly what He did for me Saturday afternoon. Sometimes He hijacks what you think you’re doing, and you discover He’s done so much you didn’t expect.
So, look for your moments, your things He has given you that remind you to slow down. Those things that give you peace. Those activities that revitalize you. And remember to breathe, to smile, and just look around you. The Earth, especially this time of year, is gorgeous. It’s a great reminder.
Psalm 46: 9 – 11
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah