… are the greatest.
When’s the last time you took a few minutes just to sit? I mean truly escape the busyness of your daily schedule and the distractions of this world to take some time to rest, relax, and be still. Do you remember? What was it like?
We’ve all had those weeks from time to time where it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and all you can think to do is get through the next thing on your agenda one at a time. Well last week was mine. About half way through the week my thoughts on one particular feeling that had been festering inside of me finally became too much to handle without taking action.
I needed to unplug: Some time away and a break from technology- phone, internet, TV, and of course, fantasy baseball/football.
As God frequently does, He saw fit to meet my need in an overwhelming way! This past weekend I helped chaperone Perimeter’s Jr. High youth retreat to Camp Kaleo in Forsyth, GA. Having been there several times for RUF conferences, I quickly realized this could be the place to find that remedy I’d been needing.
It was so perfect that I didn’t get cell phone reception at all. That also meant no internet. And that meant I was truly forced to unplug from everything that frequently clogs up my life and my mind.
On Saturday morning, the youth were given a short morning devotional plan. As a leader, I wasn’t technically instructed to go through this plan, but something inside me really urged me to check it out. Ever since I had arrived at the camp grounds, I had been eyeing one of the rocking chairs out on the porch of one of the buildings. The time was right to finally claim a chair and dig in to the devotional. As soon as I opened up the booklet I couldn’t help but smile. The first thing it said was, “Read Psalm 46:10. Why does God tell us to be still?”
Psalm 46:10 says: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
This was exactly what I needed to hear. If someone had told me to “be still” last week, I probably would have brushed it off out of concern for not being able to get everything done. But in this place, at this time, it was perfect.
The next three hours were some of the most refreshing hours I’ve had in a long time. I read. I wrote. I prayed. I sat. I thought. I closed my eyes. I was still… (And of course it was a an opportune time to play a few tunes on my guitar)
God really spoke to me in this moment. It was as if He was wrapping His arms around me and breathing life into me. Earlier on in Psalm 46 it says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This weekend really reminded me of this fundamental truth about God. Even in the midst of times like last week, there is much to be gained from taking a break to be still in God’s presence.
Some of you may have had similar experiences. Please feel free to share them in the comments section below! But if this is a feeling that you long for. A feeling that you want, and have never had. I urge you to find a place where you can just “be still, and know that [He is] God.”
I’m probably going to buy a rocking chair one day…