Just recently I have realized how much easier life is when I just sit and stay. Like a dog learning new tricks I am. To be still and quiet. To be content with just slowing down. Smelling the roses. Picking up pretty rocks. Exploring new paths. Waiting for the sunset. Reading a book. Painting a picture. Slow walks along the beach. Taking 1,000 pictures of a cricket or flowers or water. Just the simple elegant things of life.
So many times in my life I have been way too busy with other things to even notice that God was trying to keep up with me. Sometimes I have so many projects going at one time that nothing ever gets completed. I get so dang excited about ideas I sometimes want to dive right in even though I still have other things in the works already.
Psalm 1:3 in the Message Bible says:
Psalm 1:3 The Message (MSG)
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
When I first read this, I felt such an excitement with it and then I realized we were discussing a tree here. Something which is non-mobile. It is a seed planted meant to just be. To just sway in the wind. To allow the soil to house its’ roots. To just grow and produce leaves and sometimes grow fruit. To just be and depend on God to feed and water it. To just be dependent on God to shelter and protect it in all stages of growth from the seed to full maturity.
It is only when we slow down that we can truly depend on God. It is in the slow moments we are reminded that God is in control. It is in the slow times we see just how good God truly is and how He really does take care of our every need. He feeds us with the Word. He waters us with His Presence. He protects us from all weather conditions life throws at us.
When we stop to just be, all fear dissolves. After we have discontinued our pursuit of taking care of our own needs, God shows up in all of His splendor and we can be content with just being.
At some point we need to come to the realization that we are merely the seed. We have nothing else to do but just be. Think of seed planted in the ground. It sits. It waits. It is broken. Then it beings to grow. It grows both above ground and underground. We don’t see the roots as they grow and often that is how we are as humans, we hide the roots, yet above the surface everything looks good. Our trunks our sturdy and our leaves look just right yet underneath it all, buried deep inside are roots some good some bad.
I encourage us all today to just be. Take some time to just sit. Stay. Marinate. Accept God is in control. Be content in the stillness of God. Begin to know that He meant it when He said, Be Still and KNOW I am God.
Dear Lord, I thank You for taking care of all of my needs. I thank You that I can really just be. I desire to get to know You better. I look forward to just being more in Your presence. I thank You for allowing me to just be. Lord, I also thank You that You will begin to show others what it really means to just be so they too can find peace in just being still. AMEN