We are a world that is in perpetual motion. We run full bore from the minute we climb out of bed until the moment we collapse back into bed at night. Then once we climb back into bed at night we roll around and find ourselves not able to sleep; our bodies are exhausted but our minds are still racing, thinking of a million things. Our cell phone is never out of arms reach. Even weekends and vacations are of no help; we take our work and our technology with us wherever we go.
This time of year the perpetual motion cycle is in overdrive. From Thanksgiving through Christmas many of us are in a constant state of “full speed ahead.” There are dinners to prepare, cookies to bake, endless holiday parties to attend, gifts to purchase, decorations to put up, and cards to mail. And during the holidays we also often replace trips to the gym with trips to overcrowded malls, buying more and more gifts. Seriously, does your brother really need another titanium driver to put in his golf bag? And how many toys does the cat really need?
This time of year is a perfect time to look over your own life and intentionally build times of silence and quietness into your schedule. Your body needs down time to rest and recharge, and your soul needs times of silence and quietness in order to hear God’s voice. God sometimes speaks in loud tones, but most often He speaks to us in gentle whispers (see 1 Kings 19:11-12). It is really hard to hear God’s voice if you do not build times into your daily routine to dial down and simply be at rest. Psalm 46:10 tells us that we are to “be still and know that I am God.” And among other things, Isaiah 30:15 tells us that “in quietness and trust is your strength.”
If you anything about wheels, then you know that they turn around an axle. Even when the wheel is turning at 200 miles per hour, in the center where the axle is found, there is no movement at all. The axle is not moving, attached to the vehicle; it is static, even as the wheel around it turns. And just as with the axle, while life around you turns at a high rate of speed, there is a place where you can go to be alone with God is stillness and quietness.
It takes commitment to carve out time and space to stop turning and slow down your pace of life. The time and space looks different for everyone, but one thing is common among all who say they regularly hear from God… they spend time in His presence, away from the speed of life.
So today and throughout the holidays, we encourage you to be counter cultural and slow down. Your body will be glad you did and it gives your soul time to find rest in Jesus.
New Bern, North Carolina