He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
When I read these verses I take a deep breath. Our family has been busy; baseball camp, skateboard school, musical theater, Thanksgiving for 15 here at the house, my wife was recently out of town on retreat, and it is her birthday today. Busy, busy, busy. I am still getting up early and doing my prayers and the New Testament Challenge. But, I am not resting. I am rushing. And I want to cut it out and return and rest in quietness and trust.
Kh. Karen and I also recently hosted the leaders of the YES trip that was here in Phoenix. They had debriefed the kids and were finished for the weekend. They came over so I could hear one of them confess and to hang out and have tea and a little ukulele jam session – my first.It was as great as it sounds: an easy and fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. One of them wrote me the next day to share that they had been able to find a short hike near their house to spend some time in solitude with the Lord. 15 minutes had turned into 30 minutes and they thanked me for the encouragement to take time be still and pray outside. I was encouraged to make sure I was not letting this discipline slip. And so, I am passing it along to you.
It is the season of shopping and dropping. But it does not have to be. It can be the season of prayer and preparation. Take 15 minutes to pray alone outside. Being still and doing nothing are very different things.* Anyone else up for returning, resting, quietness and trust?
*Pretty sure this saying is from the new Karate Kid movie… still a great quote, no?