Take a look at the following verse...
"Be still, and know that I am God!" (Psalm 46:10 NLT)
What kinds of thoughts cross your mind when you read this? Do you find it to be a simple act? Or do you feel a sense of impossibility with such a request? The notion of actually being still, and intentionally resting our minds and bodies, does not usually come easy to most of us. At least that's what I find - when I'm winding down a session of yoga, praying, or even trying to fall asleep. "Monkey Brain" takes over and my thoughts go to my to-do list, my grocery list, emails I need to reply to, errands I didn't have time to accomplish, a conversation from earlier in my day, the bills that need to get paid, that thing that has me worried, and wondering if I forgot to brush my teeth this morning. (Thankfully, for all of us, I realize I did brush).
I don't believe it's just me either. I see a culture today that really celebrates and applauds those who are able to get a MULTITUDE of things done at the same time. Do you know who I'm talking about? Do you know anyone whose iPhone calendar is absolutely bursting at the seams? Have you met those people who are effortlessly spinning so many plates up in the air? And do you confusedly think to yourself, "How in the world do they do it!?" Then maybe, just maybe, a tiny hint of envy begins to creep in as you start to wish you could be as capable, talented, resourceful and impactful as they seem to be. But just looking at them is exhausting you. These folks are seen as highly esteemed Super Moms and valuable Business Gurus and Accomplishers Extraordinaire.
However, our perspective of the people who are living life at 100 mph is an external one. We have no idea what is going on behind their closed doors. I'm a strong believer in the saying, "Something's gotta give." Maybe they never sleep, and that's how they're able to get so much done. Maybe they are smiling on the outside, but crying on the inside from the pressure to keep up. Maybe they actually do try to slow down, but they physically just can't. Maybe they're engulfed with feelings of being looked at as lazy, or perhaps they feel guilty for taking the time to be still. But God actually intended for us to rest.
He lovingly and graciously instructs us to NOT go, go, go at such a crazy pace. He wants us to know that there is real value in taking a rest. It's absolutely necessary! God's voice can sometimes be really loud when He's trying to get His message across to us. But other times, His voice is a whisper. How are we able to listen if we are turning up the noise in all the other areas of our life?
Collectively, let's try to make this happen. It won't look the same for all of us, but I bet the restorative power that rest has to give will be felt by all of us. And the best part? Our great God will gladly be meeting us there, ready to refresh and breathe new life into our soul
Valerie admires truth-seekers, yearns to learn more about God and herself through life's circumstances, and believes that good food plus good wine plus good company equals happiness. She and her husband are high school sweethearts, and they have the privilege of raising two beautiful daughters. She is not a huge fan of talking on the phone, but would much rather catch up with someone in person. Most days, you'll find her in yoga pants and a ponytail.