Thursday, March 3, 2011

Still and Know

"You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes and find Me in the midst of it all."
-Jesus Calling
Ever find yourself in extra need of grace? Me too. Lately I feel like my next breath depends on it. Too many balls are in the air. Too much is going on. There's not enough time to just be still and know that He is God. Moments of calm come as if stolen from the demands and circumstances of this world. A continuous flow of peace from the Lord in this life like I would prefer is difficult to experience. And I find myself more than anything longing for that sweet presence.
Be still and know. One is dependent on the other. In order to truly know Him, we will have to be still. To nurture that calm surrender that can only come from Him, we will have to get to know Him.
It won't be today when we get it all together and it won't be tomorrow either. A genuine spiritual life is not cultivated in an afternoon-or a lifetime. We will likely reach the end of our lives and realize we have only begun to know who He truly is.
But in so much as this human heart and mind is capable-I want to know Him here. I want His heartbeat to be mine. I want to love Him well in the midst of a crazy life. I want to fulfill the call He placed on this life before the world began and I want to get to Heaven and be able to say, "I was the best I could be - thanks to You."


Melinda Lancaster said...

Me, too my friend, me too!

Brenda Finkle said...

In that stillness we can hear that voice and sense the presence that is always with us. I echo your sentiments and am grateful for them.

Blessings, friend you are surrounded by those that care about you.

Sue said...

I can also identify.... Anne LaMott says the most common (and most honest) prayers are HELP ME and THANK YOU.

So I call upon divine grace to open up to listen more.... please help me, Lord! Thank you.