Hold on a Minute
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”- Psalm 62:5
There is so much in today’s world that is at our fingertips, yet our loads have not been lightened. We have amazing advances in technology and communications; we have the option of shopping in-person or online (sounds like church in 2020-21); we have constant sources for information content. These things have not produced a restful life, rather people seem pressured, hurried, overstimulated, inundated, and worried. We need to take back our sanity by finding a place of sanctuary!
A practice/discipline I have added is finding a place in my house where I stop and sit for one minute. I take a minute to do nothing, to stop moving, to slow down my thinking, and to focus on God before my going. In addition to my regular times of fellowship with God, this one-minute timeslot is greatly aiding my overall state of mind and shaping a faith approach when handling the many things that come my on a given day. Through this simple (but hard) discipline and surrender, I am training myself to not always be on the go, on the clock, on the work carousel, and on other people’s schedules.
Remember how Jesus answered Martha’s complaint about having too much to do, while her sister, Mary, was sitting at Jesus’ feet. In Luke 10:41-42 Jesus says, “Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” I believe our Savior is speaking our name in place of Martha’s. Jesus desires to provide us with a sweet place, one that settles our fears, answers our cares, and of greatest importance, draws us closer to Him. Finding a minute to stop will start making an amazing difference in your life! There are places in your day that you need to focus on God, receive His help, and hand over that area entirely. Try taking a minute to rest and wait before…
- Getting out of bed to begin your day.
- Rushing out of the house to go to work.
- Heading into an appointment, meeting, interview, or exam.
- Sending an email or text.
- Making a decision.
- Replying to what someone says to you.
He is the Good Shepherd, guiding you to greater places of resource and refreshing. Let God do in your life what David discovered, delighted in, and declared from Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.” Let’s do sixty-seconds of counting each day as we count on the Lord to give us rest and give us His best. One…two…three…