Friday, April 17, 2015

Be Still // Learning to Relax


Be Still.

Such a simple and easy command for us to follow on a daily basis….Yeah Right!

I don’t know about you, but I was born and raised in the northeast of the US and being still is something we were absolutely never taught. We are an on the run, always busy, can’t stop working kind of culture that thrives on the thrill of a full schedule. (While simultaneously complaining about the exhaustion that is our lifestyle.)

So in my brain, I had come to the conclusion that these past few months in Uganda would be my recharge. My time to relax, reconnect, and reevaluate my busy life.

Umm…yeah right!

If I’ve learned one important thing from this journey it’s, wherever you go, there you are. It’s not simply a living in the northeast issue, it’s a deep seeded, culturally taught piece of myself that will continue to follow me unless I absorb this important truth.

Be Still.

In Psalm 46:10 it says,

“Be Still, and know that I am God”

(Please excuse the winter mug, but this was literally the last time I was in my home)
In another version of the bible it read as “Cease Striving.” This shed such a new light for me. What is my constant fussing about doing? What am I consistently striving for that I can’t be still for the smallest amount of time?

I was tested on this last week when I found myself stuck in the city for a few hours, away from my laptop, away from my ability to work, and completely stressed about the fact that I was “wasting time” by doing nothing.

But God quietly whispered into my heart, “Just Be Still.” Not everything about life has to be wrapped up in a productive activity. And for the first time in months I felt relaxed and rejuvenated, even if only for a few short hours. (Baby steps, people, baby steps).

It also gave me a strong wake up call that if I truly want to reconnect with God and not feel overstressed by the pressures I place on myself in life, then I need to Be Still, and know that He is in control of it all.

We only get one life to experience all of the beautiful seasons that God already has planned for us. Since He is in control, we need to step back and stop stressing, acting overly busy, and sadly missing the gorgeous life around us.

Do you ever find yourself constantly striving but getting nowhere but exhaustion alley? I'm challenging us all, as a community, to spend more time Being Still, leaning on God, and allowing our souls to be rejuvenated by our creator. Since the weekend is upon us, take some time to simply be still and enjoy the little things around you.


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