I came across a verse today– and now, so have you.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” -Psalm 62:5
Read it again, slowly and aloud.
We don’t have to rush our lives– contrary to popular belief . It’s a tendency you have to fight.
It’s when we rush from place to place, obligation to obligation, that we lose ourselves. We lose sight of our relationships, our health, the beauty of the world, and so much more. I’ve especially found that I’ve lost sight of my own inner silence. I was dismayed to discover that I couldn’t find that tranquility even when I made a concentrated effort.
My fellow NoTN blogger, Dean Drew, shares the same opinions on a lot of things. This sort of “haste disease” is one of them. Although I would love to talk to you about it myself, I’m sure that he would as well.
Like many things, knowing and admitting you have a problem is the first step in finding a solution. In all honesty, if you’re an American without this problem, you’re a rare breed indeed. But for the rest of us, we can either be an asset, or a hindrance to one another.
To quiet your mind is to be reminded of the beauty of the world, and to invite the Artist in.
I’ve found that, because my mind is so accustomed to constant, external stimulation that when I’m not actively doing something, my mind is still racing. Generally speaking, this is not a good thing. Instead of being able to relax, I’m bombarded with irrational fears, insecurities, and the like. This is a realization I’ve come to just in the duration of writing this post. It’s difficult to focus on glorifying and drawing close to God when you’re constantly being seduced by the forces of darkness.
I believe that if we practiced the discipline of quieting ourselves (especially before God), that we would be more aware of God’s omnipresence, deeper in love with his beauty, stronger in the face of temptation, and increasingly focused on pursuing the Lord’s heart and wisdom.
The world around us is always feeding us something new, but our hearts and minds are desperate, quietly begging for a time of rest with your Savior; it is only in him that we are satisfied.