I struggle to be quiet.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
“These things take time.”
“It won’t happen over night.”
“Slow and steady wins the race.”
I have heard these four sayings many times. They all have the same theme. Progress in any area is a process and a process that often is not bound by our timelines and deadlines.
Boy, do we have timelines and deadlines in our society! I fear these days, even when we think we are not in a rush, we actually are still moving at a pace faster than we are designed for.
Lately, it is not my physical self that needs slowing down. I am not rushing here, there and everywhere. I am not a gym junkie or a fitness freak. In fact, be more junkie or freaky in those areas would probably be of benefit to me!
My biological self is racing. My breathing seems to have a mind of its own and is breathing double the rate it should. My muscles need to be told to relax constantly and my mind! Well!
It is racing with plans, ideas, to-do lists, creativity, meal plans, writing ideas, social plans, appointments, questions, what-ifs……so many things. Some are enjoyable, some are burdensome.
Yet, God’s word is filled with so many reminders and instructions to calm ourselves, to still ourselves and to live quietly.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“Be still before the Lord wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5
“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
A quiet life does not mean you have to speak in a whisper, not have fun, or never take action.
It means rest in the Lord. Dwell with Him, take time to hear His voice and instead of rushing ahead to the next thing (even if it is a good thing) to let Him lead. In His desired direction. In His desired timing.
If you are anything like me, I desire this! I really do. I desire to live a quiet life that I know is rooted in the will of God. However, the habit of living in this face paced society, is I think it should happen within the first five minutes of me sitting and quieting my soul before God.
My biological self has been built up to such a frenzied state that I CRAVE for peace and His stillness right now, thank you very much!
Just like we have been trained (whether knowingly or not), over a period of time, to live in this face paced society, it will also take time to train ourselves to be quiet.
I will need to practice every day. I will need to retrain my movements, I need to interrupt my hurried thought process and I need to have patience with myself. Most importantly, I need to pray. Without God’s help, all of my retraining will be for naught. It is only with His help that we can truly rest the way He designed us to.
Being quiet will take time.
Being quiet will take patience.
Being quiet before the Lord is needed.
I encourage you to take a check of yourself right now. Does your body need rest? Does your mind need rest? Does your heart need rest?
Practice dwelling in the Lord’s presence. Stay there, quiet yourself and let Him restore you, speak to you and guide you.