Today is a day where I need to be still.
I tend to try to run the race of life too fast. So fast that I miss the simple beauty in the everyday. I run and run and run and run until the point where I either fall or am exhausted. I see that pattern in my life. A pattern of constantly racing, and as I wrote yesterday, constantly working.
The working, the running, it keeps my mind busy.
It’s like a crutch. The more I become busy the less I have to really think about some of the hard stuff in life. So I run. Full force. And I work. Too much. Adding more to a schedule that is already too full. Losing site of the beauty in the everyday.
Yesterday, I was reminded to be still. I was reminded of the gift of life and the importance for me, for us, to step off of that racing track at times to just be thankful for where we are and to see the goodness around us in all circumstances. Sometimes, we move so fast that we miss, we forget, to see the beauty right in front of our faces. I do that — the moving all too fast — always looking for the next thing to finish but rarely resting in the finished.
I need to sit and rest. To allow myself to be okay to not run some days. To let myself think, to pray, to laugh, to be real. Not tucking the emotions into my sleeve and smiling the half-smile. I don’t have all the answers to stuff in life. I’m just a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, who tends to run too fast in life and then writes about how she stumbles, or falls, and picks herself up again.
I’ve been running fueled by me. And I ended up exhausted.
So today, today I am intentionally still.
This is exactly what our message was about on Sunday. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Our Pastor said to “be still — not just for the sake of the stillness, but because God is there.”
Great thoughts today, Rachel. Thanks. Have a great day. ~Sally
Encouraging- I do this too- run from myself, my thoughts, my feelings… I don’t reflect. I don’t sit and think. I am never just still and content in the Lord-
Thanks for the reminder…
I think I’m going to to buy this ring now…
To remind me:
You make me long for the still. Today is not that day for me. I sure hoping my Friday comes through. Blessings friend – enjoy the still!
It’s true, we can’t be poured out unless we’re full. May the Lord strengthen you today as you refuel. I get the thinking thing… It’s easier to let go of it in the busy. I’m thankful we can cast it all on the One who cares for us. Xoxo.
It is in the stillness that we get the answers. I try and remember that.
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Know that you’re always in my thoughts and prayers!
Isaiah 53:4-6 ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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This is such a beautiful post…inspired me to ReSt in HIM! I love this part, “…always looking for the next thing to finish but rarely resting in the finished.”