I sit on the front deck of my ‘getaway’ house staring out over the water of the Crookhaven River. The fronds of the palm trees that interrupt my view of the horizon sway and rustle within the breeze, the same breeze that cools the air which was scorching with heat the day before. The only other noise I hear is the random squawking of Cockatoos, the waves sloshing at the shore, the buzz of a lone cicada and kookaburras chuckling in the distance. The kookaburras make me smile. It’s hard to know what makes them laugh – most times I hear them as the day breaks or as the sun sets signalling the change from night-time to daytime, but sometimes there will be an unexpected cackle during the day as if they have seen something hilarious or are sharing a secret that brings them great joy.
I close my eyes and breathe deep, drinking in the noise of my surroundings – the sounds of creation that sing of the Creator and the stillness finds me.
The stillness every soul who lives in this world craves. This world which seems constantly bent on filling every moment with something, almost seeming too scared to stop and be quiet. I often look at the advertisements on TV, each product supposedly existing to make our lives easier so that we can achieve more, do more and be more. And yet they fill our lives with constant movement and pressure to get everything done all at once which can be overwhelming and leave us with a sense of failure. Leaving us so disheartened that we collapse onto our favourite lounge chair in front of a random TV show and at that moment in time what “could be” turns into “time wasted”. So often I have found myself this way, watching a show that I am not interested in – recognising that I am too overwhelmed to complete whatever was on my never-ending task list and cranky at myself for not using that time to meet with the only one who could turn my moment of utter frustration and disappointment into stillness and peace.
What is your stillness? What helps you to relax and rest to a point where you can just “be”? What brings you to a point where you sit in the presence of our Creator and just rest in Him?
If you find that sweet spot, that spot where you meet with God, to rest in His presence knowing with every fiber of your being that that He is with you and yearning to remain in that place every moment of every day – that is your stillness. The place where you can laugh, cry, journal what He stirs in your heart, converse, seek guidance – that is your stillness. The stillness that can be found in a world full of constant movement and chaos, the stillness where we will hear His voice – not just in our quiet time but throughout our day.
Whatever that stillness may be I pray that you find it. Whether it be through writing, hiking to enjoy His creation or just sitting in His presence. However you connect with God our Creator, make sure to take time to be still throughout your day, you will be amazed at the peace it will bring, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in throughout the constant movement of life.
ENCOURAGEMENT TASK FOR THE WEEK:
I encourage you to begin to discover your “sweet spot” where you find your stillness with God. If you already have a “sweet spot”, I encourage you to think about how often you meet Him there and ask yourself the following questions:-
- Is my sweet spot the place where I yearn to stay? Or do I only seek that place when things are tough?
- Are there things I can do during my time of resting in God that can help me grow or deepen my relationship with Him?
MORE VERSES TO EXPLORE:
Psalm 62:5-6; Ps 107:28-29; Luke 10:38-42 and Phillipians 4:7
References: http://www.lovethispic.com/image/35367; Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan