Alright, let’s look at today’s agenda. Class at 8 am…ok that means skipping breakfast in order to sleep longer. Another class at 12 and later today three chapter readings have to get done. Work starts at 4 but hopefully will get cut short. What should dinner be? Maybe I should get a head start on my paper, oh shoot, I promised Sarah I would meet up for dinner. I need to figure out my living situation for next school year and still apply for my program. What time does my class even start tomorrow? Oh wow, it’s 9 o’clock already but I have so much to do. How will I get this all done?!
Reading this jam-packed short description may reflect what many of your daily schedules can look like. I know for me, I am constantly making to do lists and planning out my busy schedule. So many people have hectic agendas that they are running around, barely fitting everything in. If you are like me, a futuristic planner, then you spend a good portion of your free time deciding when you should get married, what career to go into, what ages to have kids…the thoughts are endless and very time consuming.
Although it can be beneficial to think ahead, it often can become very overwhelming. The problem that so many of us face, including myself, is that we focus on trying to control the unknown and not building on what is already in front of us. Speaking for myself, I worry alot about what will happen after college…my career, my living situation, if I will be contributing to society enough…there is so much that I want to figure out but, I need to remind myself that sometimes, my future does not entirely rely on what is in my grasp. Now, this is not to say that we don’t have some control over our destiny but, learning to let God take full control is when and only when you will truly see that weight be lifted off of your shoulders. This whole world is filled with people who want to be successful (which is great), however people are stuck putting too much on their plate.
With being that said, I think as a society, we should do some reflection…
How often do we find ourselves burned out? How often are we worried about the unknown? How often do we try to figure it all out by ourselves? I believe we do this unnecessary worrying more than we would like to admit that we do. In the midst of our preoccupations, it is so easy to forget God and who God is. But God wants us to come to Him at all times, especially the stressful and overwhelming ones. However, God reminds us countless of times throughout His Word that we should come to Him, and only Him, despite our stress and anxiety. Here are just a few verses that I love to read to remind myself of His comforting presence.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
He give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
These passages are not only great reminders of God’s provision of rest but, it also repetitively tells us about God’s character. God does not want us to be stressed or to worry but, as humans that will happen. In the times we are burdened, God promises to lift us up and that is so beautiful. He doesn’t expect or want us to do it our way because God wants to help, comfort, and guide us.
Another pattern I see within the people of our society is that many times, people solely struggle to just listen to God, to seek what He is trying to say to us. Now trust me, not just hearing but also listening to God is one of my biggest struggles. Like many of you, it is difficult for me to wait on God’s answers and His guidance. If I don’t get an answer right away, I will do my own thing and I think you all have an idea of how that goes. In my own process of blabbering at God and doing things my way, I rarely sit still. Not just physically cannot sit still but, also my thoughts and heart. Because when I am talking a mile a minute and won’t stop moving to catch my breath, God is wanting me to be still. Yes, to be. still.
In our fast paced culture, rarely are we still. Still not only is a taking a break, but also as in being quiet, being peaceful, or being silent in thought…when is the last time you were in a state of pure silence? I think many people are uncomfortable being still. From turning on music in the car to hating that awkward silence in classes, many of us need some kind of background noise. But, in the middle of this busyness and wondering, it is said
“Be still, and know that I am God”
To know that He is God means to remember His promises. God will give you rest. God will love you. God will answer you. God will comfort you. These are just a few things that our Lord wants us to know and to embrace!
Not only do I challenge myself, but I also challenge you to spend more timing being still. You may not get an answer or hear God right away, and that is okay! You can also be still anywhere…whether it may be before you go to bed or your drive to work, there are no set rules on “being still”. In this time spent being still, let’s reflect on God’s goodness and love. Let’s give Him our worries and be lifted up. Let’s let go of our burdens and build on what we have now.
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7