Luke, who is seven-months old was visiting Papa and Grammy, along with his two brothers. Our home was a station of activity, noise and laughter. Ahhhhh! Grandchildren! Need I say more?
Gaylon had taken the two older brothers outside to play, and I stayed inside to feed Luke. After eating until his tummy was full, I could tell Luke was a bit sleepy. I rocked him a few minutes, and his little eyelids were almost closed, and then one of the boys came in the back door wanting something. Luke opened his eyes and lifted his head. No way was he going to miss anything. He had to be in the middle of it all. No time to rest when there is something going on!
After this scenario repeated several times, I decided to put Luke on the rug. I walked out of the room for a couple of minutes, and when I came back into the room, there was Luke, face down on the rug, and sound asleep.
I think sometimes in life we grow so tired. Maybe we are tired of the many interruptions and activities that vie for our attention. In our weariness, we pop up and get in the middle of all the action. As Christians, we often get involved in sixty things! I’ve been there! I’ve been there when trying to minister to everyone else, and my own soul was on life support.
I’m honest enough to say that I have hit the wall a few times! I’ve cried out to God in those moments, “Give me energy. Help me. I’m exhausted! You said, come unto me and I will give you rest!”
God reminded me that He also said, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Mom, while those babies are still running around the house, you don’t have to be involved in everything that comes around. Too much will steal your rest. You will never recapture those moments. Older couple at home, just because you have no children at home, doesn’t mean neglecting each other is wise. But, so much requires that “I” be there! Too much will steal your rest. You will never recapture that time in life. Being single doesn’t mean that you have to do it all, because others think you have few responsibilities in life. Too much will steal your rest.
I could go on and on.
What is the answer? I don’t have the counsel for everyone’s personal situation, but I do know that we are often a people with our noses buried in texting, social media and group activity. Those are fine within reason.
More than once God has shouted a verse to me, shouted because when he whispered, I was busy. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still and know.
Be still and know that I AM.
That’s so hard to do when we’re always texting someone, checking messages, answering every call on our cell phone, attending every activity that presents itself. Each person will have to work it out, but one thing I’m sure of, we need to stop going so much. Stop texting so much. Stop reading everyone’s saga on social media. Stop filling up our every free moment. You can’t come to God for rest, without being still. Even if for fifteen minutes, be still and know that He is God.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10