I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items
wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.
Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee
I sank down into the comfortable chair –
the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.
Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day
but inside my mind was still racing –
already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.
As my eyes read over the verses –
verses cherished —
I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.
Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.
Words I’ve read many, many times before.
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today? I mused.
But no way for me.
No, my life is too busy.
But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.
It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”
Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?
Me? A single parent. Working full time.
How ridiculous is that!
But just as quickly I began to wonder.
Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?
Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?
Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?
Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed
I realized that I needed to
And play more.
Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent
to creep into my life
causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.
As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.
I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.
That realization was like a huge light coming on.
Only I could change it.
And change it I would.
Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.
More time for retreats and less rushing.
Instead of living life to the max
I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.
Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.
Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.
It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –
The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape
But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like
markers in the sand.
He has promised to supply all of our needs —
Our need for rest,
Our need for strength
Our need for wisdom
We must choose to live intentionally.
One day at a time.
Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days
And rest in His pace
We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.
Join me, won’t you?