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)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
I once read a book titled, Come Away My Beloved by Frances
J. Roberts. When I read it I felt like I could hear the Lord
speak to me. It was full of words that blessed and encouraged
We must find quiet time. It is essential to our physical and
spiritual well being. Jesus told us to occupy until He comes.
Some people believe that this means there is too much to be
done here on earth and that we shouldn't waste any time. But
He meant for us to be about His business, which is winning souls
for the kingdom of God. How can we diligently work for the Lord
without taking time to minister to Him? We need to rest and
get a second wind? How many lay-men and lay-women in the church,
as well as pastors, have burned out simply because they did
not take time to rest?
I am talking about being too busy all the time. There are boundaries
and there are also priorities every day. We should not try to
cram everything into one day.
I think it is time to take some mini-breaks or time outs during
our day to focus on God. I know the Lord has been speaking to
me to take a break so we can talk. Recently, He showed me that
I was overly concerned about exercising a certain amount of
time each week and concentrating too much on my eating habits.
Instead, He wanted me to take the same amount of time to devote
to some special prayer time.
I knew He was talking about a prayer group at work. I am adjusting
my life and making time to do what He wants me to do. I find
that I come away fulfilled and refreshed. It is because I have
been with the Lord. I am about the Father's business instead
of dealing endlessly with my own affairs.
Whenever I make what I call a "divine appointment "with
the Lord by praising Him, singing to Him, and talking to Him,
I immediately get in His presence. I allow Him to minister to
me too by having times where I don't say a word. Those times
to me are like getting a refreshing drink from a crisp cool
stream or feeling the mist off a waterfall.
I know we all want to be productive and we don't deliberately
want to abuse the temple of the Lord. We should understand that
our bodies do not function well under too much stress. Constantly
staying busy will cause us to be ill and can dull our senses
to the voice of the Father. We need to hear the gentle voice
of the Lord when He calls to us saying, "Be still and know
that I am God."
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