Naturally, I am a go-getter. When I focus on a particular job or interest (a.k.a obsessive/compulsive drive to improve and succeed), I become determined to conquer it. Therefore, many of my days are spent running from one job to the next or from my son to the kitchen to cook, without stopping to bask in the joy of the simple.
My nature is to schedule in what I can to keep myself motivated, protecting my mind from becoming negative. When I stay inside or have nothing going on for too long, I feel depressed easily. It’s no problem for the enemy to drop in a line like “You have nothing going on. You have no purpose. What’s the point?” Gladly, I am highly aware of when lies cross my mind, as I usually choose to reject them and accept His truth instead. But in this season, my schedule is jam-packed. Yet, I need calm, quiet moments alone. We all do. How I crave stillness, holding it affectionately like a precious newborn, treasuring this gift from God.
Yesterday in the Publix parking lot after picking up more odds-and-ends groceries on my break from work, I sat in my car and started writing. Just a little bit—enough to slow me down, permitting my brain to unwind the cooped-up craziness of what only half a day brings. My tense muscles relaxed as I let my windows down, turning off my beloved, tranquil Ray LaMontagne tunes, feeling the breeze play with my hair, tickling my face. I long to breathe in fresh air; really inhale deeply.
That moment speaks such significance to me now. The ability to enjoy those precious minutes; to cherish the simple and hear Him in the quiet means a lot to me. Stealing away those few minutes in my car, writing down my thoughts said: This matters to me. I find value in this simple, still moment alone with my God.
Everything small action we take matters, especially the still ones. What unexpected places have you stopped to be still alone? What did you get out of it? Why is it important to you?
Some verses and quotes to remember:
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)—
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Exodus 14:14 ESV—
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”—Hermann Hesse
“The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.”—Jim Elliot