Recently, in our staff devotions we have been talking about personal time with God. We talked about reading, studying, meditating, and memorizing God's word. All of these are crucial as we live this life for God in this crazy world, that seems to be getting more so by the minute.
Usually, when it comes to the meditating part, I am doing this in conjunction with something else. I am multitasking and thinking on God's word. This last week I went to a woman's conference and the first night we were challenged just to sit quietly before God for 20-30 mins. Over 110 women sat, did nothing, said nothing, and were just before God. As a mother, and just a busy person in general, I am not sure when the last time I did that was. There is always something to do, something that I feel needs my attention just then. Normally, we read the Bible and are actively praying in what we call our “quiet time” with the Lord. These are great things to do. But do we take the time to really be quiet? Are we really just being? It was so incredibly simple, and yet it was also overwhelming. It set the tone for the next few days. I allowed myself to have no “agenda” with what I wanted God to do or myself to get accomplished at this conference.
Will you take some time, mark it on your calendar and just sit before the Lord with no agenda, just allowing God to say what He wants and just being still before the Lord for 20 minutes? Maybe God has something earth shattering to tell you, and He can’t get a word in your busy life. Or maybe like with me, He wanted to remind me of things I already knew, but hadn't stopped to think about in a long time. Or maybe God just wants you to be still for a while so He can bring things back into perspective, that He is still in control, when the rest of the world seems so crazy.
"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world." Psalm 46:10 (NLT)