Friday, March 19, 2010

Slow Down, Grow Still

Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46;10

Slow down, grow still. But how? There are pets and children, mail and friends, jobs and chores, aging parents and spouses, enemies and neighbors, and so forth. Imagine if we really wanted to stop, slow down, grow still, and take a long walk with God.

We need air, but mostly we are just so committed to doing all that needs to be done that even breathing is an interruption. We want to step out of the traffic. We want to get away. We want to know God. We know getting distance from the issues and the persons crowding us will improve our perception.

Away from it all, we might hear our name and remember again our life's purpose. We get that--but how do we do that? How do we stay away when the pressure to stay engaged, to do, to take on yet another duty, is so intense and unrelenting?

Lord, guide me so that I will live according to your will.

William L. Mangrum

1 comment:

full of hope said...

Thank you...this is exactly what I needed to read this very morning as I struggle to step away from my relentless "to do" list and listen to the Lord. Recently, it has been nearly impossible (at least from my limited perspective) to not charge through the day trying to meet all sorts of demands. It only results in frustration and exhaustion.
Through your words today, the Lord has gently gotten my attention and I will accept His invitation to sit down, listen to His wise words and enjoy the relationship He offers me!